Sometimes getting people to open up is tough. Whether you’re trying to get more than a one-word response from your teen on how their school day went or you’re working with a client and attempting to open the line of communication, building trust comes first.
Asking thought-provoking questions opens the door to forming deep connections, and these connections can be lasting if you continue to nurture them. Here are a few creative questions to inspire conversation:
- What’s something about you that I don’t know, that you want me to know?
- What did you look forward to when you woke up today?
- What made you feel energized today?
- Where do you wish you were from and why?
- What can we do together to make this a better day for you?
- Are there any relationships in your life that impact your daily functioning or mood?
- What is your go-to coping mechanism for tough times?
- Do you think in pictures? Are they in color or black-and-white?
- What is one trait you prefer in those you confide in?
- What would you rate 10/10?
- Tell me about a recent situation where you reacted in a way that made you feel proud.
- What are you absolutely determined to do?
- What takes up too much of your time?
- Would you want to remember every detail or your life? Why or why not?