In 11 days you (Americans) will be sitting down to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving meal with your family and friends.

What questions would you like to ask those gathered at your table to take the conversation beyond the weather, the roads, shopping and football?

To enter the “Contest” simply share “Your Favorite Question to Ask at Thanksgiving” in the “Comment” section below:

b-cd-bIf your question is selected as one of the “The Five Most Favorite Questions to Ask at Thanksgiving” you will win a real printed “Great Leaders ASK Questions – A Fortune 100 List” book and audio book CD!  (Offer is limited to U.S. addresses)

Winners will be announced in a Special Thanksgiving “LeadingWithQuestions” Post next Wednesday, November 23.

Deadline for entering:  Midnight – Sunday – November 20, 2016



Bob Tiede


Bob has been on the staff of Cru for 52 years. He currently serves on the U.S. Leadership Development Team and is passionate about seeing leaders grow and multiply their effectiveness. Bob and his wife, Sherry, live in Plano, TX and are blessed with 4 incredible children and 8 remarkable grandchildren.


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56 thoughts on “Announcing the 2016 “The Five Most Favorite Questions to Ask at Thanksgiving” CONTEST!

  1. Tom Clegg says:

    Are you living a life that provokes gratitude in those around you?

  2. Amir Ghannad says:


    Thank you so much for the opportunity to submit a question. The question I’d like to enter into the contest is “Who has made a meaningful difference in your life and will you take the time to contact them and thank them for it his Thanksgiving Holiday?”

    Thanks and all the best.


  3. What are you personally thankful for this year?

  4. Ken Knopp says:

    “The Five Most Favorite Questions to Ask at Thanksgiving” – My favorite question to ask at Thanksgiving is:
    What will you do over the next year to become even more Thankful?

  5. Ken Knopp says:

    “The Five Most Favorite Questions to Ask at Thanksgiving” – A great question to ask during Thanksgiving dinner is:
    What action have you taken over the last year to become more Thankful?

  6. Ken Knopp says:

    “The Five Most Favorite Questions to Ask at Thanksgiving” – A great question to ask during Thanksgiving dinner is:
    What action will you taken over the next year to become more Thankful?

  7. Ken Knopp says:

    “The Five Most Favorite Questions to Ask at Thanksgiving” – A great question to ask during Thanksgiving dinner is:
    What action would you suggest for me to grow and become more Thankful over the next year?

  8. Question: How can we share our abundance with others so that they too feel as blessed and thankful as we do?
    That’s mine.
    Thanx for the opportunity.

  9. Manu says:

    What has someone ever said to you thanking you for what you did that it reminds you and motivates you to do more giving?
    When some impact big or small we make for others, they thank us for the gesture, it motivates us to continue that , moving forward. Its thank to a thank you.

  10. Chris Randazzo says:

    If you could have one “do-over” from this current year… something said or done … What would you choose and why?

  11. Chris Randazzo says:

    What do you enjoy the most about this family?

  12. Rebekah Perez says:

    Hi, I’d like to submit two questions for the contest.
    1. To whom do you give thanks on Thanksgiving, and why does it matter?
    2. What is good about giving thanks?

  13. Gregory Fuller says:

    “Why should we take time every year to celebrate Thanksgiving?”

  14. What are you most thankful for?

  15. Kimi says:

    Where did you see God today?

  16. Troy Coons says:

    ‘What has been the hardest thing that you are thankful for this year?’
    ‘What is the hardest thing for you to be thankful for this year?’

  17. What surprised you most about this year that you are so thankful for now?

  18. Rachel says:

    What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

  19. Lisa Yetman says:

    My question would be this:
    How will you move forward on new and exciting plans and ideas you may have for the coming year?

  20. Mahesh Raisinghani says:

    What legacy do you want to leave behind (as part of your intentional living)?

  21. Thanksgiving Question:

    The Pilgrims demonstrated tremendous courage to leave everything behind and come to the New World. What would you say has been your most courageous decision and when did you make it?

  22. At our Canadian Thanksgiving a couple of weeks ago I asked each member of our large family to answer one question. “What are you thankful for?” I had to limit our youngest Grandson to 25 things he was thankful for. It was awesome to listen and share in his excitement. So, my favourite question is “What are you thankful for?”

  23. Brenda says:

    What was one unexpected detour you took this year?

  24. Fran says:

    What’s the most unusual Thanksgiving you’ve ever experienced?
    What were Thanksgivings like for you as a child?

  25. David Amsler says:

    Aside any material possessions or personal accomplishments, what do you value most in your life?

  26. Bo Prosser says:

    What is the one “thankful” surprise that you’ve experienced this year?

    How have your “paid it forward” in the past month?

    Other than family, health, and career, for what are you most thankful? (Pick 3 things.)

  27. Joey Payne says:

    Who is one person from your childhood that you are so thankful for and why? (Besides your mom and dad.)

  28. Jenny says:

    I feel silly saying it, because it’s oh so obvious. But “What are you thankful for?”

  29. Felicia Johnson says:

    What in your life do you want to thank God for in advance of receiving it?

  30. G Ronald Gerbing says:

    What is the most important thing for you to do during your lifetime?

    The primary purpose of your life is to: __________________.

    What one question would you leave with your family if you knew you would die soon?

    During this season, are you feasting on things that bring temporary satisfaction, or feasting on things of eternal value?

  31. Lindsey Rhea says:

    “What was an expectation you had for the 2016 year that wasn’t met?”

    I like this question because it gets to some heart issues. It could lead to good conversations about hope, the broken world we live in, and maybe even reveal some heart idolatry that we can all relate to! If that is too much spirituality, it can open the door for praying for their desires in 2017!

  32. Dave Wirgau says:

    Who is the person outside of your immediate family that you would thank for their contribution to your life and why? Will you, over the next four days take a minute and say to him/her what you just said to us by phone or email?

  33. 1. What are the 5 things that you are most thankful for right now?
    2. What do you want to be thankful for next year at this time?
    3. How have you expressed your thanks to others this year?

  34. Marilyn says:

    questions surrounding my families Thanksgiving start from What are you thankful for? to What are you bringing to share? which denotes team work to put the meal together or even who’s buying the turkey? However, my favorite is a recent question my 9 yr old asked his tutor after finding out she lives alone, “Do you want to come to our house for thanksgiving?” The sweetness and kindness of a child.

  35. Paula Jensen says:

    If your success was completely guaranteed, what bold steps would you be willing to take in the next 12 months? How can we, as a family, support you in taking those next steps?

  36. Dianne Ogle says:

    What is the greatest blessing you received in 2016?
    How did pain this year bring about a gift of some sort to you?
    What do you dream for as we approach 2017?

  37. Scott Livermore says:

    Hebrews 13:16, in the context of giving thanks to God says, “And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” This year, in a spirit of thanksgiving, where have you been the recipient of someone’s doing good and sharing or where were you most humbled by an opportunity you had to do good or share, with which your sacrifices were pleasing to God?

  38. Becca Davidson says:

    For what challenge in your life this year are you most grateful?

  39. Rebekah says:

    if you could only give one Christmas gift to one person this year, what would you give and to who?

    What Thanksgiving food best describes your personality? why?

    Looking over 2016 so far, if you had one do over- what would it be?

    What was the best thank you note you ever received? what made it special?

  40. Neal Black says:

    I like giving a choice and even at times a heads up so they can choose one to answer.
    1. Who inspires you and why?
    2. Dream vacation in the next few years: where and why (could add With whom?)
    3. How do you recharge?
    4. What was one of your most difficult challenges growing up?
    5. If you had a completely free day – how would you
    spend it?

    From a Canadian friend

  41. Bruce McClenahan says:

    1. As you reflect on the past year, what has been your three biggest highlights. How did they make you feel?
    2. Again, looking back over the past year, what has been the 3 most difficult events, and where and how did you sense Gods presence, if you did?
    3. Would you be willing to share one attribute that you appreciate about each person around the table. You may need to give a short explanation.
    4. How has God surprised you this year? How did this make you feel
    5. What is your favorite hymn or chorus of thanks, and what makes it your favorite?

  42. I’m Canadian but couldn’t resist. Here are a few questions: “What do think God would be thankful for in your life?” “What do you wish you could be thankful for?” “What difficulty in your life can you now say you are thankful for and why?” Hope you have a special Thanksgiving as a family Bob and Sherry! Donna

  43. Becca Davidson says:

    Who has impacted your life the most this year and for what are you most grateful?

  44. Dave Butterworth says:

    If I were to ask you to shift your thanks today from the gifts that God has given you to the gracious gift of Jesus Christ Himself how would your response be different?

  45. Barry Rush says:

    My question is: “What are you tolerating?”

  46. Mike Carr says:

    What have you done in the past six months to bring more joy, passion and purpose to your life?

    What ​are you so grateful about that you ​want to share that experience with ​​others?

  47. Les Hirst says:

    Who is the person who most faithfully showed their appreciation for you in 2016? How did they do that?

  48. Ray Caldwell says:

    Best Thanksgiving Question: “What experiences in your life have influenced you to choose the path you are now on?” (Path = Career, Education, or “station” in life.)

  49. Ben Thomas says:

    1. How has God surprised you this year that leads you to give thanks?
    2. In your family, what instance or situation were you most thankful for this year?
    3. At your place of work, who makes your job and life more meaningful?

  50. Dee Dee Rush says:

    Have each person around the table answer, “what do you appreciate about Jennifer (Dad,Mom…)?

  51. Dee Dee Rush says:

    What is your favorite family memory.

  52. Dee Dee Rush says:

    What is something you would like our family to do together -either new or something we have done before that you would like to do again ?

  53. Leah Rictor says:

    Looking back at your parents’ early years, is there a
    single life event that you can see directly effects the direction of your own life?

  54. Kathy Wright says:

    When we’re gathered around this table NEXT year, what will you be telling us you accomplished?

  55. Sonia Weston says:

    Would you want to live for 1000 years? Why or why not?
    Would you prefer to live in a cabin in a beautiful but remote area or a condo in the middle of a large and densely populated city?
    What one thing would you like to change In your past?

  56. Joe Longo says:

    1. When we sit down for Thanksgiving dinner next year what one thing would you like to have seen happen in your life?
    2. What one person would you like to share Thanksgiving dinner with and why?
    3. Is there a Thanksgiving tradition you would like to begin?
    4. What is your favorite Thanksgiving memory of someone who has passed?
    5. What could you do to make Thanksgiving better for others?
    6. what would you like me to do to make Thanksgiving better for others?

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