Clarifying questions

Ask the Seeker some of these questions

Help the Seeker gain clarity, evaluate their situations, brainstorm ideas and find solutions.
Use these at the start of a PRISM session.

Understanding the situation or context:

  • Could you tell me more about that please?
  • Can you give me more detail about what you did specifically?
  • What did [x] say or do?
  • How did others see it?
  • What happened after that?
  • What exactly did you say?
  • Is that all? Is there anything you have missed out?
  • What have you tried so far? What worked? What didn’t work?
  • What else can you remember about…[x]…?
  • What led you to believe …
  • What eventually happened?
  • What kind of feedback did you get?
  • What was the outcome?

Defining the issue:

  • What do you think the problem is?
  • What are your assumptions about…?
  • How much do you assume to be true?
  • How do you know that is true?
  • What are the facts?
  • What is the evidence?
  • What is the connection between…..and…..?
  • What if the opposite were true? Then what?
  • How might your assumptions about… have influenced how you are thinking about…?

Understanding the intention:

  • What was your intention when…?
  • What did you hope for?
  • What did you wish for?

Understanding how the Seeker feels about themselves:

  • And how did you feel about that?
  • What was your role in the outcome?
  • How much of a problem is this really for you?

Brainstorming for options:

  • What are options for meeting your outcome?
  • What else? And, then what else?
  • What other alternatives are there?
  • What might others suggest you can do?
  • What seems too ridiculous to try?