Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 41

Today’s giving: Mentored a fellow Toastmaster over breakfast. question

I’m not a professional coach or teacher. Nor do I claim to be particularly learned about mentoring, but there is one thing I know.

People hold their own answers.

Those answers can be brought out with well-placed questions.  And if they find their own answers, they are more likely to implement their own solution.

I’ve also helped my Destination Imagination teams in this way. The teams are not allowed any outside help when solving the team challenge. But I can ask questions which force them to think about their solution in new ways.

Asking the right question is not always easy, but it may be more effective than giving advice.

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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3 Responses to Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 41

  1. John says:


    What are some examples of effective questions? How would a person come up with these questions?

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  3. Eric Winger says:


    Excellent questions!

    I’ve given your questions some thought and posted Part 1 of my answer

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