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The Art of Asking a Better Question with Shahin Sheidaei

Conversations are two-way streets. The easiest way to have a two-way communication is to ask questions. Questions can be dumb, unrelated, out of ordinary, crazy, or even beautiful. Can they be efficacious too? They can! An excellent communicator knows how and when to use Questions to make any conversation a mighty one. We call those questions "Powerful Questions". Powerful Questions generate curiosity in the listener and stimulate thoughtful conversation. They are usually thought-provoking and challenges the underlying assumptions. Powerful Questions, if asked in the right tone and body language, generates creativity and new possibilities.

Is it hard to ask powerful questions? It might be. It is not that easy, and indeed not natural for everyone. The good news is that it is something that can be learned, and relatively very easily.

Shahin invites you to a workshop of Powerful Questions". In this workshop, he is going to help you build your muscle to ask more Powerful Questions. He will give you an easy tool to make your questions more powerful, and conversations more enriched. Asking powerful questions will help you build bridges with people, you would become more empathetic with them, and do not be surprised you are going to listen more. Some of the characteristics of a great coach, one might say! Don't you agree?

• A tool to connect better, and build trustful relationships with the person you are talking to
• How to avoid aksing non-effective questions
• What defines a powerful question
• The three dimension of a powerful question (Construction, Scope, and Assumptions)
• How to become self-aware of yourself not asking a powerful question
• A practical technique to practice powerful questions (pause and rewind)


Shahin is the founder and principal coach at Elevate Change Inc. Shahin leads the Personal Elevation Program (PEP) (http://to.sheidaei.com/PEP). PEP focuses on individuals and the elevation of them to their full potentials. Shahin enjoys dealing with fresh challenges, learning new techniques, solving real problems, learning from outcomes, and constantly improving. He is eager to help organizations become a high performing one and achieve their utmost potential. Offering over 13 years of experience Shahin has strong expertise in applying agile and lean values and principles to organizational transformations and personal elevations. He has research and development experience, mid-size level engagement, as well as engagement with top names such as TD Bank, Scotiabank, TELUS, CBC, and SAP. He heavily believes in the value of communities. He is leading the Agile Lunch (www.agilelunch.org) community in his hometown of Toronto and helps with others building them and connecting them. He is also hosting a series of webinars for the Canadians called LeanAgileCan (www.leanagilecan.com)!

The Art of Asking a Better Question with Shahin Sheidaei