Powerful Questioning

This class is designed to delve deeply into the art of Powerful Questioning and build on the student’s existing knowledge and experience. The topics covered will include:

  • Definition and components of Powerful Questioning
  • Uses and benefits of Powerful Questioning
  • Different methodologies for questioning – including Traditional, Strength-based, Appreciative Inquiry, Solution Focused, Clean language, Metaphor questioning, Miracle question, and Scaling

The framework will include teacher presentations, coaching demos, in class exercises, homework assignments, and class discussions. 

Course Requirements

  1. Participation in Class Discussion and exercises: Contribute actively to the class discussion during the 6 weeks – speak up at least once during each class and volunteer to be coach or client when opportunities arise
  2. Homework: weekly assignments including practice and documentation of the use of Powerful Questions
  3. Compilation of Powerful Questions for personal use

Preparation for Class 1

  1. Read and become familiar with ICF Core Competency #6: Powerful Questioning
  2. Come to class prepared to introduce your self and share your best hopes for the class


Class 1

  • Welcome

  • Introductions

  • Components of Powerful Questions

  • Nuances of Powerful Questioning

  • Establishing the Coaching Agreement

  • What works well for Beginning/Middle/End

Class 2

  • Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry Coaching and

  • Strengths Based Coaching

  • Strength Spotting Exercise

Class 3

  • Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Coaching

  • Use of Miracle Question and Scaling

  • Coaching Demo

Class 4

Coaching Practicum 1
In this class students will participate in a variety of coaching exercises which will give them the opportunity to apply Powerful Questioning and coaching skills.

Class 5

  • Introduction to Clean Language

  • Metaphors

  • Coaching Demo

Class 6

  • Neuroscience Coaching Tool

  • Coaching Demo

Class 7

Coaching Practicum 2
In this class students will once again participate in a variety of coaching exercises that will give them additional opportunities to apply Powerful Questioning and coaching skills.


This course is offered twice a year.


"Loved the course! What a privilege to meet Lillian and be taught by her!" –C.H.

Course Prerequisites

Some coach training

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