Those "Getting to know you questions" with a new client can take up a lot of time. Put them in a simple questionnaire, like the one I've devised for my intake package, and your coaching is off to a flying start.
Of course you don’t have to stick to the questions I ask but they will give you a starting point.
You may also find useful my guidelines on how to present and frame up these getting to know you questions to the client, so they understand why you are asking.
When you've had a look at my questions, I would love you to contribute any questions you would add using Facebook at the bottom of this page.
You can add any changes you need to, to make the questions apply to your particular specialty or niche.
I suggest you send this to the client as a Word (or similar) document and ask them to save the document and type in their answers under each question. Then email it back to you, preferably but not compulsorily before their first official session.
Here's what you could say to your new client when asking them to complete the questions: (I write it as an introduction to the questions)
"I'd like you to reflect on the following questions about yourself to tell me a little about yourself.
Answer the best you can. Even if you find some of these thought-provoking questions challenging, try and answer them anyway.
The answers will allow me to get to quickly know you better and enable me to coach you more powerfully. The answers may also give you some insights.
There are no rights or wrongs. Your answers to can be as long or short as you like. The purpose is to give us an overview of where you are at in your life/business/profession and to get you thinking."
You can send out the Getting To Know You coaching questions with
your “welcome as a client” email or letter.
When you get the answers, highlight anything that you feel needs discussing as part of the first session or requiring more depth as the coaching proceeds.
Now if you have a burning question you would like to add to the list, please do contribute to Facebook below.