The art of questioning

International seminar


A question seems to be a trivial everyday phenomenon: Where did I leave my pencil? When does my train arrive? … It seems no big deal asking questions. But asking the right question at the right time to the right person with the right words is an art!  How many friends do you need? Do you want to be helped? What is the added value of these words? Asking them in a well-formulated way and based on accurate listening, requires a lot of exercise and a lot of feeling for the ‘kairos’, the right moment. With an efficient question, you can influence  your client, partner, student in a very thorough way.

In this seminar, we will practice this noble art by doing one exercise after the other. In those exercises, we will go beyond the Socratic method. Brand new approaches to questioning will be introduced that allows you not only to influence the rational part of your client but the feelings and the will as well. The exercises are very practical and can be used in your own training practice.

Where and when?


Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 of April 2024

Conference centre Eigentijdserf, Westelbeers (near Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

Results of the training course :

  1. You are efficient in asking your questions: you get what you want
  2. You are quick and alert in questioning
  3. You can demand accurate and precise information
  4. You can distinguish different types of questions and their effects
  5. You practice the Socratic questioning attitude (of not knowing)
  6. You can ask the right question with the right words at the right time to the right person
  7. You have a sense of the ‘appropriateness’ of a question or an intervention
  8. You have insight into the rhetorical aspects of a question
  9. You can intensify the reflection of your client
  10. You can make your client (more) responsible for what he/she says or does
  11. You can be non-empathical when it is needed.
  12. You know which rhetorical register to choose in order to influence your client

The objectives and the program proposed will be adjusted to what the participants bring in.

What do participants say?

Video testimonial of Sarah Clift (Phd, South Africa)
Saskia Vandeputte
Target group


This seminar is something for you if you are:

  • Working in education
  • Working in fields of practical philosophy (philosophy with children, philosophical counseling, Socratic dialogue,…)
  • Working as a coach
  • Working as a trainer/consultant in companies
  • Working in health care
  • Working with dialogue and/or reflection in groups
  • Interested in sharpening your questioning abilities
The trainer



Kristof Van Rossem is Master in philosophy. He works as an independent trainer with an international experience of more than 15 years. His speciality are variations of Socratic Dialogue in different organisational settings: companies, schools, social welfare organisations, political parties, medical federations, governmental organisations etc. He published on various kinds of practical philosophy. Kristof is a teacher trainer at the University of Leuven (KULeuven) where he leads an annual seminar in philosophizing with children and adolescents. He teaches a.o. philosophy and (business) ethics at the Odisee University College of Brussels. He is leading an annual training course in Socratic dialogue facilitation a.o. at the ISVW (International School of Philosophy in Leusden).


Preliminary program


Saturday :

10.00 : Welcome : introduction + questioning exercise in/and getting to know each other

12.30 : lunch

14.00 : essential requirements of questioning behavior  : exercises in efficient and effective questioning. The discipline of questioning and answering.

17.00 : break + dinner

20-22 : Exercise in philosophical counselling

Sunday  :

9.00 : The objectives of questioning : exercises

10.00 : The Aristotelian approach in questioning the feelings – the will – the reason

12.30 : lunch

14.00 : Taking turns in leading a dialogue in group or with an individual

16.00 : back to everyday life : tips and tricks about special cases in organizations

17.00 : farewell drink

Practical aspects



Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 of April 24  (5 day parts)


The course takes place in the Conference Centre ‘Eigentijds Erf’ situated in the nature between Tilburg and Eindhoven (The Netherlands). Transport from the station of Tilburg will be provided if wanted. There is a possibility of sleeping over on Friday night as well.

Language of the course is Dutch and English.


How much?

The  early bird price of the course is 595 €  (excl. 21% TVA)  if you register before the 1st of February 2024. After that, the price of the course is 695 € (excl. 21% TVA). If you don’t require an invoice, let us know. If you register with two, the price for each is 595 €.

Included in the price are :

  1. The seminar + documentation
  2. lodging in a single or double room for 1 night including breakfast.
  3. 2X lunch and 1 X dinner.
  4. coffee, tea, fruit juice, water and farewell reception is included.

The amount is to be payed on Bank account IBAN BE08 0003 2190 5513, BIC BPOTBEB1 by name of Kristof Van Rossem (Bank van de Post).

There is a maximum of 14 participants so be fast!

Phone: +32 473 71 58 35
Kokerijstraat 90
B 9310 Meldert