When we teach others, we always want to tell them everything, but as we’re starting to learn, it’s not really an efficient way of teaching, for if we tell people everything, they tend not to remember as much as they should, so maybe we should be asking questions instead.
For what is one of the purposes of asking questions?
It’s simply this:
One of the purposes of asking questions is to get others to think.
And if people start thinking, then eventually they work out the answers themselves, and through the process of learning and finding out information for themselves, remember more.
The purpose of asking a question
So maybe we have to start redefining what a good teacher and coach really is and start training teachers and coaches differently?
Is it someone who can pass on information so one understands it, or is it someone who can ask you a really great question so you can answer the question with the information you need to know?
Asking The Right Questions – Simon Sinek
And one can come up with a really great question, but how one frames or asks that question, can make the difference in how great the question really is.
Good Leaders Ask Great Question
Say Less, Ask More
Consider these 5 questions:
How do you hit a golf ball?
How do you hit a golf ball far?
How do you hit a golf ball straight?
How do you hit a golf ball accurate?
How do you hit a golf ball powerfully?
Depending on which question about hitting a golf ball one focuses on will depend on the answer and information that one gets, so automatically, one can begin to see how important it is in formulating, asking and the framing of any questions become.
One of the true arts of coaching is in the asking and framing of the right questions, so the players come to the answers themselves