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Morgan Rich

Life Coach, My Family

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Coming up with different questions to ask graduates. How about ones that inspire them?

What are you going go do now? Where are you going? What's next?

Remember having to answer those questions a jillion times after you graduated...and how annoying it was?

It still is.

These questions are about the future. Graduation is a time to celebrate what's been accomplished (the past) and usher them into the next stage of their life (the future).

Perhaps more questions about what they've just accomplished:
What were your 3 favorite moments of the last 4 years?
What were the hardest moments?
What do you think the biggest learning experiences were?
What are you going to miss?

Then maybe look to the future:
What are you excited about learning in the next 4 years?
What are the challenges you anticipate in the coming years?
What support do you think will be the most helpful?

Perhaps there are ways we can make these conversations less painful and more helpful for our young people. What ideas do you have? What questions do you think would be interesting?

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    Jun 24 2012: High school grads are still worried about pimples, their job at Burger King, and IF they can get into a college. Ten years fom now they will just barely remember their best friends and none will recall the guest speaker. College grads want to get the sheep skin and run. They are now the font of knowledge and want to begin making big bucks.

    If this was easy then we would not need life coaches. Life coaches are effective to the segment of population that has matured and is no longer the smartest people in the world and are willing to listen.

    My immediate question was why are we asking grads questions any way? My grandson just graduated and I told him to go with his friends, when you have time I would enjoy your company. Come see me anytime. I think some space is very important to them. Timing is everything.

    All the best. Bob
  • Jun 11 2012: In ten years, you come back to a class reunion. When someone asks you what have you been doing, what do you want to answer?
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    Jun 8 2012: I like that Barry, particularly what captures your curiosity.

    My experience is the passion questions are hard to answer, because they don't know, but feel they should know. I wonder if you've had more success than I've had.
  • Jun 6 2012: What are you passionate about? What captures your curiosity?