Skip to Navigation

Using questions well is the key to useful enquiry. If questions are creative and original in their construction, they can also spark creativity and originality in the responses they generate.

The art of using questions is a skill that must be developed, and because we are only rarely taught to use them skilfully we mostly muddle along with poor quality questions. Not only do these fail to generate useful responses, they can do the opposite of what is intended by tying us up in knots to sending us round in circles.

‘Useful responses’, by the way, does not necessarily equal ‘answers’; when it lands in the mind a good question goes on working long after it has been asked.

Well designed questions are at the heart of effective communications and they can also provide keys to mental wellbeing and personal growth. Bad questions keep people stuck where they are.

See also

The Art of the Question by Marilee Goldberg

I’ve also explained this in more detail in Solution Focused Therapy for the Helping Professions.

What do you think? Share your thoughts...

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Latest from the blog

The Healing Relationship

Healing is as old as our species and in the healing process is due to common characteristics. But many of the so-called health systems we have put in place manage unintentionally to obstruct the healing process and seriously impair the quality of life of service users

Continue reading
FREE DOWNLOAD - Get it now.

How to be more Resilient

Get my super-helpful guide '9 Steps to Resilience' absolutely FREE, when you subscribe to my newsletter.

Understand the steps to resilience and you can develop the ability to cope with problems and setbacks with less stress and more confidence.
close-link
Please help with my

 Listening Survey

Help me to help you and get FREE access to my course How to Listen Well when it launches.
Go to the survey
I am about to launch my new online course 'How to Listen Effectively'. Before I do I'd really appreciate YOUR HELP in responding to my brief survey. One good turn deserves another, SO if you respond to my survey I'll send you a personalised free-access link to the course when it goes live in a few weeks. You'll benefit from the complete, video-based course, absolutely free.
close-link
%d bloggers like this: