Over the years of helping people, I’ve learned to ask powerful and meaningful open-ended questions. I do this because I don’t get very far with dead-in questions such as “yes or no.” Then you have to think of something else to talk about, and you really don’t have the information you need to work with to try to get your goal accomplished or try to help the other person.
Here is the list I’ve used over the years that I’d like to pass onto you!
- When you say __ what emotions did you feel?
- How did you feel when that person said that?
- You say that your stressed and live a hard life, what can you change within your day to make it less stressful?
- What do you do to relax and/or get you through a difficult time?
- How is God like a personal Father to you? What makes Him so special in your life?
- What is your prayer life like? What can you do to make more room for prayer?
- What are your long and short term goals? How can you begin taking baby steps to get there?
- If you had a life with no responsibilities how would you spend your time?
- What challenges has that created for you in the past? How can you make it different for next time?
- What are you most proud of in your life?
- What achievements have you made? How did you make them happen? How did you feel after?
- What inspires you to keep going every day? Why?
- What are some things in your life that keep you strong?
There are so many more questions, but I hope that this gets you going into a meaningful conversation that you can have with your friends and family, or maybe your co-workers.
What skills or questions do you use in your conversation? I would love to hear them so we can help one another! You can comment below or write to me by clicking here.
May the Lord bless and keep you in His perfect will.