Claire Pedrick writes: ‘Ten years ago I was planning to write a book – The Art of Powerful Questionning. It would have been full of well crafted phrases which I was hoping other people would use. But there is no A level or degree in questionning! Questions are our craft at 3D. That’s what we do and what we train others to do.
On a coaching skills course last week, I abandoned the session on powerful questions because too often we can create an environment where people ask complex questions which lose their impact in the wording that is formed between the brain and the mouth.
So where do questions come from? In selection, they may come from the paperwork, in education they may come from gaps in what is heard – or a desire to clarify.
In good coaching, powerful questions, I think, come from three places
- what we hear
- what we see
- what we sense
If you want to start asking simpler questions from today – start there. Don’t over analyse or over interpret – it loses the impact. Say what you see! And don’t worry about grammar. A gesture or a word can often be the most powerful question of all. Think about it…’
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