Why it is important to ask ‘What matters?’
The ‘What matters to you?’ question can be asked in many different ways. For example:
- “What are the things that are important to you at the moment?”
- “What are some of the things you would you like to achieve as a result of this support?”
- “When you have a good day, what are the things that make it good?”
This type of approach can help you in a number of ways. First and foremost it helps to establish a relationship, but it also helps you to understand the person in the context of their own life and the things that are most important to them. With this crucial insight you are in a much better position to work with the person to find the best way forward for them.
Here are a few examples of the sort of things people have told us matters.
When you have this type of conversation about the things that really matter to people it helps you to do your job more effectively and it helps the person to live the sort of life that is meaningful and fulfilling for them – it’s a win win!
For more information, visit the What Matters To You website