Creating new awareness

According to the ICF, evoking new awareness is about asking questions that “help the client explore beyond the client’s current thinking or feeling to new or expanding ways of thinking or feeling about themselves (the who).” 
In Professional Coaching Competencies: The Complete Guide, Dr. Damian Goldvarg and his colleagues expand on the concept of creating new awareness. They state that in creating new awareness involves examining issue from different perspectives. Coaches, therefore, must invite coachees to look at situations as outside observers looking in.  Coaches challenge coachees to re-interpret their current situation and rethink and reframe their next steps.

Ask coaches, consider the questions you raise in a coaching conversation and how they help coaches shift their assumptions, attitudes, approaches, and actions. What shifts do you observe in the clients you serve as a result of the questions you raise?


Provide 5 examples of powerful questions you would use to invite a Coachee to move into creating a new awareness.
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Janny - August 22nd, 2022 at 10:34pm

I can think of these questions:

"How would you like to see yourself?"

"What makes this significant to you?"

"I heard you say ..... I am wondering what does that mean to you?"

"In a perfect world, how would that/it look like?"

"What makes you passionate about it?"

Brian Hooper - August 23rd, 2022 at 2:43pm

Going forward, what is your role in this?

How will you go about bringing change to this situation?

What is truly going on inside of you?

What would it look like to be the change you want to be?

How will you impact the situation going forward?

Tom - August 23rd, 2022 at 6:45pm

Five questions that invite a Coachees to move into creating new awareness.

1. Whose life are you trying to live?

2. What would happen if you just stopped?

3. How might you see this situation as opportunity?

4. If a friend faced the same issue how would you advise them?

5. Describe an animal that represents what you are feeling.

Shelly McNitt - August 24th, 2022 at 7:50pm

5 Questions to invite the coachee to move into creating new awareness:

What advice would you give to a friend if they were in this same situation?

What would you like to see yourself doing in this situation?

If you're saying Yes to this, what are you saying No to?

Where do you feel stuck? What would need to change?

What do you hope to celebrate one year from now?

Dan Solomon - August 27th, 2022 at 8:52pm

Five powerful questions that invite a coachee to move into new awareness:

- How does your thinking need to change in order for you to move forward?

- You mentioned x and y (note: seemingly disparate themes). How are x and y connected?

- How will you be different when you've reached this goal?

- What do you gain by continuing to tolerate the situation as it is?

- If a friend were facing this situation what advice would you give them?

Jason Bland - August 31st, 2022 at 10:49am

How do you see yourself in this situation?

What makes this challenging for you?

What result would be most pleasing?

What will happen to you when you’ve tackled this challenge?

How do you want others to react to your progress?

MarQuita Carmichael - October 9th, 2022 at 9:19pm

What would happen if you left?

What part of the issue are you benifitting from that keeps you investing in it remaining the same?

So what?

If you were able to create the most ideal situation, how would it look?

Why did you select this group of people as accountability partners?

Tom Pietz - November 14th, 2022 at 7:47pm

1. What would it like if you were living this out completely?

2. What feelings do you associate with this situation?

3. what gets you excited about this?

4. If you were advising a friend about his, what would you say to help him/her go deeper?

5. Where do you hope to be a year from now?