Christian Mentoring Questions

QUESTION: Christian Mentoring Questions - Grow Wise By Walking With The Wise

ANSWER:

By Dr. Jeff Myers

Here are questions that help you grow in wisdom and gain favor with wise counselors:
  • “What made the difference for you?”
  • “I’d like to hear your story about how you got into (vocational field).”
  • “What are the most important lessons you’ve learned along the way?”
  • “If you had it to do over again, what would you do differently?”
  • “What advice would you give to someone getting into that field today?”
  • “Who are the key leaders in that field that I should be paying attention to?”
  • “Who are some of the people who personally influenced you toward success?”
  • “What are five books you have found most helpful in this field?”
  • “Are there any magazines or publications I need to be reading on a regular basis?”
  • “What would you say are the essential principles for success in this field?”
  • “Time and money aside, what would you rather be doing?”
  • “What are your goals at the present time?”
  • “Do you have a yearly planning process? If so, how does it work?”
  • “How do you manage your time successfully?”
  • “Have you ever coached anyone else to be successful in this field?”
  • “What are some ways I can learn more about this field?”
  • “What are some of the obstacles along the way that I’ll need to be aware of?”
  • “What questions have I not asked that I should be asking?”
Practice asking good questions this week. The most powerful questions are…
  • Open-ended: They cannot be answered with a “yes” or “no.”
  • Closed ended: “You’ve said you want to have a healthier lifestyle. Have you thought about changing your diet?”
  • Open ended: “You’ve said you want to have a healthier lifestyle. What steps do you think you should take?”
Not defensive. “Why” questions make people feel like they’re on the witness stand.
  • Defensive: “Why didn’t you confront your colleague when you had a chance?”
  • Non-defensive: “When it comes to improving your relationship with your colleague, what are some possible actions you could take?”
Goal-directed. Asking questions should not just be an opportunity for people to vent, but for them to make progress toward a worthy goal.
  • Not goal-directed: “Would you like to share with me how you feel?”
  • Goal-directed: “What do you think you should do?”
Excerpted from the Passing the Baton Training Course - www.passingthebaton.org

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