In our solution-focused practice we suggest that coaches start their follow-up sessions by asking, “What’s Better?”. The idea is to have the client reflect and speak about improvements in their life or progress on their issues. That conversation plainly shows that progress is possible, can build confidence in general, and illuminate in particular - perhaps with a Success Analysis - what works for them.
And yet asking ‘What’s better?’ can seem rather a blunt or even presumptive question. What if things have got worse?
So it’s useful to know that 'What’s better?' is a topic, not necessarily a question you ask directly. And, as with any topic, there are all sorts of ways of getting into it.
Here are a few of our favourites:
- Since we last spoke, what’s different or better?
- What’s been going well for you over the past few days?
- Of all the things that have been happening - I guess some better, some not so good - what’s been improving?
- Remember that scale? When’s it been a bit higher lately?
- What have you been pleased to notice since we last met?
What works better for you and your clients?