Here’s a few more tips for asking questions that spark change:
1. Practice on yourself. Notice what catches your curiosity and makes you think. Keep a notebook of questions that impact you and revisit them regularly.
2. Let go of expectations. Sometimes you might think you have a great question, but if it doesn’t catch the attention of your students then it won’t have the same impact. Use your senses and watch their body language to determine the next step.
3. Be real. There’s a big difference between questions that come from genuine curiosity compared to random questions you aren’t actually interested in. The real magic of mentoring happens in the overlap of passion between student and mentor.
4. Blend your questions with stories and reflections in a way that feels natural. Questions are just one tool in the conversational mentoring toolkit. Dialogue is a powerful way to engage the human mind, so don’t ignore the big picture. Talk like a normal person!