A Late-Night Bus Trip, Personal Agility and Me: How Powerful Questions Can Change a Life

There are moments in life when we feel overwhelmed, scared, or stuck in a dead-end situation. Some of that is due to external circumstances, some is self-inflicted.

But it doesn't have to be that way. We can get out of the quagmire to become who we really want to be. All starts with having the courage to acknowledge that we need to change.

My talk is about a true story: How I started my journey into Agility and Personal Agility, how I discovered about the force of powerful questions, and how what I discovered allowed me to help someone else. We have in ourselves everything we need to take our lives back into our hands. Sometimes we just need a helping hand!

How can we transform the way we look at things? Where do we start to change the aspects of our life we are not happy with? What questions help us discover what we really want for ourselves?

I will reference the powerful questions presented by the Coaches Training Institute. I'll give examples of powerful questions compared to closed questions, and I will show how different the outcome of the two types of questions may be.

I will discuss how powerful questions help us recognize our role in what happens to us, and help us change our attitude in how we respond to the events of life. By looking for answers to powerful questions, we begin to accept responsibility for our life, and that responsibility process is very empowering. I will use my story of a casual encounter with a stranger to show how, even if we can't always control the events in our life, we always have a choice of how we respond to them.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Presentation

Life is change

Who I am, how I discovered Agility and Personal Agility

What is Personal Agility and how it work

My experience with Personal Agility, challenges and successes

Powerful questions, what they are, why they are so powerful and how they can do for you

Starting the responibility process

A true story: a casual encounter and the impact of powerful questions

How we can impact our own lives and the people around us

Learning Outcome

The audience will gain insight into what Personal Agility is and how it works, and will hear about the force of powerful questions and their impact on people.

I hope my story will inspire others to apply the agile mindset to the whole of their lives, to become who they really want to be!

Target Audience

Agile practitioners, Coaches, General Audience

Prerequisites for Attendees

No prerequisites to attend, just an open and curious mind !

schedule Submitted 4 months ago

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  • Saket Bansal
    By Saket Bansal  ~  4 months ago
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    Hi,

     

    I would recommend doing 45 Min session on this so you can give the audience a chance to experience what you experienced with Personal Agility. 

    I do not see references from your old presentations, if you are doing it the first time, it is easier to go with 45 Min again since doing a 20 min session is difficult than 45 min.

    • Laura Quattri
      By Laura Quattri  ~  4 months ago
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      Hi Saket,

      I updated my proposal to be a 45 minute session as you recommended.

       

      • Saket Bansal
        By Saket Bansal  ~  4 months ago
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        Thank you I can see the mindmap as well, I will work with review team to get their feedback and vote on same.

    • Sanjay Kumar
      By Sanjay Kumar  ~  4 months ago
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      Hi Laura,

      I see you have an interesting story on personal Agility.

      1. Would you also be covering details on what are powerful questions?

      2. If yes, would you be using some model to explain powerful questions? And, how much time do you plan to spend on it?

      Thanks!

      • Laura Quattri
        By Laura Quattri  ~  4 months ago
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        Hi Sanjay,

        thank you for your interest in my talk on Personal Agility.

        1) yes, I'll talk about powerful questions, I'll explain in a simple way what they are, why they are powerful, and I'll give examples of how they can help people

        2) no, I won't be using a model, I'm going to compare powerful questions to other types of questions and give people examples but  this will be an experience report, not a coaching training.

        If you have any other questions just let me know!

        Laura

        • Laura Quattri
          By Laura Quattri  ~  3 months ago
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          Dear all,

          I have further developed my presentation since my last message.

          To complete it I’ll reference the powerful questions of the Coaches Training Institute.

          I’ll give examples of powerful questions compared to closed questions and will show the different outcome of the two types of questions.

          I’ll discuss how powerful questions help us recognize our role in what happens to us and help us change our attitude in how we respond to the events of life.

          I’ll talk about how by looking for the answers to powerful question, we begin to accept responsibility for what happens in our life and our role in it, rather than blaming a world full of problems, and how this responsibility process is very empowering.

          I’ll use my story of a casual encounter with a stranger to show how, even if we can’t always control the events of life, we always have a choice of how to respond to them.

    • Madhavi Ledalla
      By Madhavi Ledalla  ~  4 months ago
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      Hi Laura,
      Thank you for making a submission to RSGI 2019, your proposal seems to be an interesting story around “Personal Agility”. Would it be possible to spend some time on explaining what “Personal agility” is before talking about “Powerful Questions”. May be you can start with the “What and How” of Personal Agility and then share the story around your discovery, Powerful questions, experiences, and take aways for the audience.  This is just my feedback, you can think over it!

      If you could please attach a slide deck of your talk if available, it would be great. Also you have marked your session as 20 min, do you think 20 min is good enough for you to cover everything? 
      Thanks..