Use this free training game as a method of emphasising the importance of open questions.
A one page document describing this simple training game can be downloaded for free from the link at the bottom of this page, or you can follow the notes below.
This training game develops the idea of the importance of open questions in drawing out information.
The team are allowed ten closed questions to guess what is in the trainer’s pocket (choose an unusual object here if you can). It is very unusual that they will work it out.
Next, they play the game again and have to guess a different item using ten open questions. The only rule is that they cannot ask, ‘What is the item?’ They will usually guess this in less than four tries.
This is a short exercise. However, it really emphasises the value of open questions in drawing out information.
This training game provides a quick and simple method of demonstrating the value of open questions.