Questions That Lead to Reflection

Recently, I received some simple but very good advice.

Ask More Questions

This can be when you are working with students, collaborating with colleagues, or when someone seeks you out for support. There are times when I find myself brainstorming solutions before I fully understand the needs of the person in front of me.  The person might still be explaining something and I am already moving into problem-solving mode.   I think I am helping because I am quickly offering ideas and things to try. In reality, I am trying to solve a situation that  I might not truly understand. This is when I need to ask more questions. Questions that allow the other person to reflect and share more information with me.   Many times these questions lead to powerful conversations where the person who was seeking support, actually ends up clarifying things on their own or at least feeling more comfortable with the situation.