Friday, July 19, 2013

Ross Bentley's Instructor Series: #2 - What Happens When You Ask Questions?

I am thrilled to share that world famous performance coach, race car driver, author, and speaker Ross Bentley has put together a series of instructor-focused articles exclusively for OneHotLap. Here is the fantastic Part I - What’s It All About article in case you missed it. And here is today's eye-opening Part II in the series --

#2 - What Happens When You Ask Questions?
I have a pretty short, but powerful tip for you this time around.

What happens when you're asked a question? Makes you think, right? Makes you learn more, right? And what happens if you're told something you already know? You get frustrated that your "teacher" doesn't recognize that you already know what he/she is telling you. Think about that the next time you're instructing. What would happen if you asked more questions than you currently do?

Instead of "Look further ahead," you might ask, "How far ahead are you looking?"

Instead of "Squeeze the brakes hard," you might ask, "Are you squeezing the brakes hard, or stabbing the brakes?"

Instead of “Hit the apex,” use, “Are you hitting the apex?,” or “Where’s the apex?”

What do you think? Would this make you a better instructor? What other questions could you ask?

Ross Bentley

For more of Ross' writing, along with articles by other famous and not-so-famous contributors, go to He can be reached at