Stainer asked one question on the Simplify Podcast. Captured, I played the podcast again. Next, I bought the Kindle version of his book, The Coaching Habit.
I skimmed the book. It passed my test after I examined the cover, table of contents, and read several samples. Then I made up a few questions to guide my reading. Is this useful? Is the author credible? Bungay Stainer’s initial coaching question was an aha for me. The heck with business coaching, I think. Next time Catharine is in the room I will ask it. We’re going out to lunch with another couple. Can I fit the question in?
What’s on your mind?
Relevance — My World
I struggle with conversation. I ask a question then interrupt with that reminds me of… rejoinders. The what’s on you mind query reminds me to shut up and listen.
The question helps me relax when I start a discussion. A gentle opening nudge not a gambit with hidden traps. I say, I’m not at a loss for words.
Stainer uses be lazy, be curious, be often as drivers for business coaching. The principles work in friendly and hostile social situations too.
In the podcast interview Caitlin Schiller asks Stainer to introduce himself? Her follow-up is Stainer own opening question, What’s on your mind?
Stanier responds that this is not the first time he has gotten this question.
You can hear the whole interview. Caitlin Schiller is a professional who consistently gets the best from her guests.
How About You
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Bits & Pieces
Can you stay curious longer? Can you rush to advice giving slower
People’s advice is not nearly as good as they think.
What’s on you mind? The question gets us to the real problems
The second question, “And what else?”
Be lazy. Be curious. Be often
“Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?’ To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. The dog did nothing in the night-time. That was the curious incident,’ remarked Sherlock Holmes.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle, Silver Blaze