Even if you are following a study guide that provides questions for you, sometimes it is helpful to go "off the map" in a quest to help people think more deeply through the topic. Here are some guidelines to help you as you use questions to enable growth:
1. Use questions to follow up people’s answers. (examples as follow)
“Can you give me an example or two about…?”2. Sometimes it’s beneficial to specifically redirect the conversation to someone else. (examples follow)
“What do you mean by that?”
“Why do you believe that?”
“What is the basis for your conclusions/feelings?”
“Would you explain again what you just said for us?”
“What are your feelings about that?”
“Jane, what do you think about what Alex just said?”3. Don’t be afraid of silence.
“Let’s hear what Bob thinks.”
“John, you have some great input on this topic. I wonder if anyone else has something to add?”
4. Don’t be afraid of robust disagreement.
5. Don’t be afraid of asking others to contribute.
6. Don’t be afraid to “manipulate” the conversation.
"Let me throw in my opinion here..."7. Don’t be afraid to let the conversation go “off course”.
"Let's take this in another direction..."
"Maybe we need to consider this from another angle..."
8. Don’t be afraid to stop for prayer in the middle of a discussion.
9. Don’t be afraid to run out of time.
These thoughts were originally posted at Creative-Community.