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Getting Curious about your Coaching Practice

Updated: Jan 14, 2021

Twenty five curiosity-provoking "sentence stems" for reflecting deeply on your coaching practice, your clients and yourself.


Coaching supervision conversations often begin with your experience of yourself as a practitioner, and your experience of your clients. Here are some examples of inquiries which can be useful prompts to reflection, and to supervision dialogues.

  1. My favorite clients are those who...

  2. My least favorite clients are those who...

  3. In what parts of my practice does fear emerge?

  4. Where am I concerned that my coaching is not good enough?

  5. Where am I blasé, or overconfident?

  6. What am I pretending not to notice about who I am when I coach? About what results my clients achieve, or fail to achieve?

  7. I am most confident as a coach when...

  8. I am most anxious as a coach when...

  9. I am hardest on myself when...

  10. I cannot be with clients who...

  11. I doubt my competence as a coach when...

  12. I am most joyful in my practice when...

  13. The strength I can overuse in my coaching is...

  14. The strength I underuse in my coaching is...

  15. I really hope this client doesn’t...

  16. I really hope this client will...

  17. What most surprises me about my client is...

  18. A wish I have not yet expressed about who I am as a coach is...

  19. I have accepted that __________ [an aspect of my coaching practice] is something that will never change.

  20. I have a hard time seeing _________ in my own coaching.

  21. I notice my energy getting depleted when...

  22. I am overly concerned with...

  23. I sometimes overlook my client’s signals about...

  24. I notice I’m in my comfort zone as a coach when...

  25. I notice I’m at my edge, experiencing discomfort, when...

What are your favorite reflective questions about your coaching practice?


Paul Wyman, March 2018


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