Here the list of questions so far!
- What would you like to change about this?
- What would be helpful for us to talk about now?
- What difference will reaching this goal make in your life?
- How important is this goal to you? On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 represents minimum importance, and 10 represents great importance, what number would you assign this goal? How did you get to that number?
- The exception to the problem: Tell me about a time when the problem did not happen? What was different then? What did you do or think differently?
- Preferred future: these questions explore how things will be different when the problem is solved. When this issue is resolved, how will your situation be better for you? Suppose tonight, when you went to sleep, a miracle happens, and this problem is solved. When you wake up tomorrow morning, what would be different? How would you be different?
- Coping questions: how have you managed to cope with this problem as long as you have? What have you done to keep this situation from getting worst?
- (And) what kind of X (is that X)?
- (And) is there anything else about X?
- (And) where is X? or (And) whereabouts is X?
- (And) that’s X like what?
- (And) is there a relationship between X and Y?
- (And) when X, what happens to Y?
- (And) then what happens? Or (And) what happens next?
- (And) what happens just before X?
- (And) where could X come from?
- (And) what would X like to have happen?
- (And) what needs to happen for X?
- (And) can X (happen)?
- Please briefly tell me about yourself
- In regard to (topic of the study), what is a priority for you right now?
- In the short term, what objectives do you most want to work on or pay attention to?
- What major changes have taken place in your life in the last six months that have impacted your experience of (topic of the study)?
- The problems or challenges I most want to overcome right now are…
- What I most would like to discuss in our meeting is…
- What do you know (about that)?
- And what else do you know about that? (5 times)
- And NOW what do you know about that?
When presented with a problem, a question to move towards an outcome is:
- And when [problem] what would you like to have happen? For example, “And when you can’t get a job in your field, what would you like to have happen?”
When presented with a remedy, a good question is:
- And when [remedy], then what happens? For example, “And when you stop wasting your time with menial work, then what happens?”
Specific: the goal is clear
- What exactly do you want to accomplish?
- What will it look like when you reach your objectives?
Measurable: there is a way to establish progress
- How can you quantify this goal, so we will know when you have reached it?
- How could you state this objective, so your progress towards it is measurable?
Attainable: it is dependent only on the participant and can be achieved
- Is this goal within your capability?
- Are there any barriers or circumstances that preclude reaching this goal?
- Does this goal depend on anyone else’s choices? How can we reword it, so it depends only on you?
Relevant: this goal is a priority
- Why is this goal important to you?
- On a scale of one to ten, how important is it to you to reach this goal?
Time-specific: there is a clear deadline
- By when will you reach this goal?
- When will you start?
- What are your strengths?
- How would you describe your mood/feelings?
- How do you make decisions (for example, do you use logic and reason, or do you trust or gut and heart)?
- In general, how satisfied are you with (your life/job/situation)?
- In general, how much control do you feel you have over your (life/situation) and how you feel?
- Please describe your habits/patterns (as it relates to the topic under investigation).
- Please describe your relationships with friends, family, and coworkers (as it relates to the topic under investigation)
- How do you identify yourself ethnically? How influential is your ethnic culture to you?
- What values are most important to you (as it relates to topic)?
Social systems: Collective-Exterior
- Describe your current (relevant – work, home) physical environment.
- What aspects of your life are stressful to you?
- What type of support system do you have?
- What is your educational/professional background?
- What assumptions are you making?
- How else can you think about this?
- What are your choices?
- What actions make the most sense?
- What can you learn?
- What can you do to make the best of this time?
- “What might you be assuming that is stopping you from achieving your goal?”
- “Of these assumptions, which do you think is limiting you the most?”
- “That is possible/true. But what are you assuming that makes that stop you?”
- If you knew + freeing assumption + goal
- What feelings do you have about this?
- What are the other players in this situation? How are they involved?
- What do you want? What is your objective?
- Give me a concrete example of that.
- What did you mean when you said X.
- What was most significant to you about this situation?
- Give me some background: what led to this situation?
- What excites you about this?
- And are you in the right space?
- And is [goal] in the right space?
- And are you at the right height?
- Is [goal] at the right height?
- And are you facing the right direction?
- And is [goal] facing the right direction?
- And are you at the right angle?
- And is [goal] at the right angle?
- And are you in the right position?
- And is [goal] in the right position?
- Are you the right amount of distance from [goal]?
- And is the goal at the right distance from you?
- And what do you know now?
- And is there another space that you could go to from that space there?
- And what do you know from that space there?
- Is there a space that knows about what action you want to take?
- What’s the first action that you know that you could do from this space?
- How will you do that?
- When will you do that?
- Is there anything else you would like to do?