Imagine sitting in a virtual learning environment with a masterful coach and your coaching colleagues from across the globe. You are having a thoughtful conversation about two of the International Coach Federation (ICF) core competencies: active listening and powerful questioning.
Laura asks, "What is the connection between active listening and powerful questioning?" After much discussion and debate, the group formulates their own answer, "Active listening helps frame questions that can be powerful for the client."
Laura digs deeper. "What makes a question powerful?" The students converse and then conclude, "When the question lands on the client in a way that leads to new awareness such as a new way of thinking about a challenge. This new awareness in turn opens the door to new choices and decisions for the client that create positive change."
What do you see as the connection between active listening and powerful questioning?