Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Book 23: Power Questions by Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas

This little number was a fantastic read, and I am not just saying that has someone who's job is to ask questions. Yes, that's right, I am a professional questioner. In fact one of the definitions of my work is one who asks powerful questions to invoke purpose and direction. Among other things..

Contained in the 202 pages are 327 powerful questions. What makes a question powerful? Good question! A powerful question is one that is thought stretching and calls for a response other than 'yes' or 'no'. And this book is packed with them!

Here is the purpose of these questions - to genuinely create a giving dialogue between yourself and another human being for the sole sake of their growth. Period. Not a question that you take turns answering, a question you ask someone for the betterment of them. The impact of this? Huge!

Unfortunately, contrary to what we may hope for, we are not easily remembered for what we say but we are remembered for how we make another person feel. Power questions make you memorable.

Want some examples? Thought so.

What was the most difficult question you have ever been asked?
Can you tell me about your plans? How did you arrive at those?
What in your life as given you the greatest fulfillment?
What is the greatest achievement in your life?
What made this day more special than any other day?

Good, huh?

Next time you are meeting a friend ask one or two and just see what happens, you will be amazed.

Read it.


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