The Art Of Asking Powerful Questions
Q: I have heard of people saying ‘powerful questions’ instead of just ‘questions’. Is there any difference between them? Would not the use of ‘questions’ alone suffice? If there is a difference, then what tips can you offer me to be good in asking powerful questions?
A: Powerful questions are very different from normal everyday questions. Normal questions usually do not stimulate our thoughts and senses as they are only for fact-finding. The truth is, many people do not pay attention to making their questions powerful. However, when their questions are powerful, they stretch and challenge people to ‘see’ more. This is needed as many people live in their comfort zone and hence can be ‘mentally lazy’.
Asking powerful questions requires deep listening on what the other person is saying and not saying. Notice, observe and more importantly, feel the person’s feelings and emotions through their spoken and unspoken words and to watch out for words that reflect their self-limiting beliefs.
Move them out with more ‘what’ than ‘why’ questions as they are more objective and less emotional. Finally, always believe they can do it; for example, ask “What will you do?” instead of “What do you think you can do?” These few tips should make you better in asking powerful questions.
- How can stop the self-talks going on in your head when listening?
- How can you ‘fall in love’ with what they want to tell you?
- What can help you pick up words in what they are saying?
- What other efforts will you put in to ask powerful questions?
THE SURE WAY TO BE A SUCCESSFUL COACH
Q: I am seriously considering Coaching as a career. As I am a person who is always careful with whatever I do, I must not fail or give up halfway in this pursuit. At this moment I am not sure whether I have considered every important detail about this career. Can you point out some areas I need to take note of in order to succeed?
A: Like other professions, a successful Coaching career requires strong commitment in time, effort and a certain amount of financial investment to learn the skills and knowledge through formal training. To strengthen your credibility, you need to build a personality, which speaks well of you as a living Coach in your everyday life. Finally, learn to be a marketer to know where and how to get clients.
Do your research well on the Coaching profession as well. When you are finally in it, keep the ‘fire’ going to stay positive as there might be events that could discourage you. And finally, live your life following the best practices of a good creditable coach.
- What is your compelling reason for wanting to be a Coach?
- Who are the role models you want to follow and why?
- What are you prepared to commit to acquire their qualities and abilities?
- What needs to happen for you to stay positive and focused always?
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