SFP 4 – Episode 4: The art of asking great Solution Focused questions
Simply Focus Podcast – Episode #4
Hosted by: Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat | Intro: Bibiana Czerny |Music: www.bensound.com
SFP 4 - Episode 4: The art of asking great Solution Focused Questions
“However deliberately asking questions that make a difference, is not that easy. It’s an art that is benefical and very worthwile to master.”
“Your question determines an answer spectrum, so choose this wisely and observe the answers you get.”
“And one thing what makes me so passionate about this podcast is that when I started to ask myself those questions I really found completely different answers than I did before.”Elfie Czerny
„So the person who asks introduces a concept (also called a presupposition) and the person who responds adds the content to that. At the end you saying ‘this and this are my highlights’ is co-created between us.”
“Our best hopes from this podcast episode are that you deliberately choose your answering spectrums and your concepts that you introduce in your questions in the future.”Dominik Godat
In today’s episode, we talk about
- what we especially enjoyed last week.
- different types of questions: The ones that are primarily about gathering information and the others which are designed to trigger a reflection, a thinking process that helps the person that responds.
- how your questions determine an answer spectrum and that it is important to choose this wisely and observe the answers you get.
- how the concepts that you introduce in your questions co-construct the conversation as much as the answers and that it’s worthwile to be aware of your share of the story.
- The challenge of the week: Observe the questions you ask and the answers you get. Take a few minutes every day to reflect on that. Check the answer spectrum your questions implied and what concepts you introduced in your questions. Additionaly you can go through the questions in our free giveaway “21 Solution Focused Questions to Enhance Your Daily Life” and explore the concepts and answer spectrums there.
- Meet Monica Rotner and the SFBTA (Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association) board
- Your questions will most probably be answered and your answer spectrum as well as your introduced concepts make a difference, see e.g. Healing, S. & Bavelas, J. (2011). Can Questions lead to change? An analogue experiment: “As expected, the Interviewees’ answers usually cooperated with the presupposition in the questions.” (p. 36)
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