Better Questions Create Better Conversations

FastCompany - Conversational ToolFast Company magazine recently posted an article on their website entitled “The One Conversational Tool That Will Make You Better At Absolutely Everything”.  The point of this article-with-the-horribly-long-headline is that asking better questions is often the difference between a lackluster conversation and a fantastic one.

A quick glance of the content might make you think that this skill would only apply to journalists, politicians and lawyers – but the fact is that asking better questions is a skill that can propel your career and personal lives as well!

Better questions lead to better answers.  The additional information you glean can make you a more advised consumer, a more educated voter, and a valuable asset to your employer.

I’ll let you read the full article for details, but in the meantime here is a summary of the points from the article to get you going!

Great Questions At A Glance

  • Don’t ramble on–terminate the sentence at the question mark.
  • Get comfortable with silence.
  • Start with “who, what, when, where, how, or why” for more meaningful answers.
  • Don’t fish for the answer you want.
  • Stop nodding if you don’t understand–ask a follow-up instead.
  • If you get a non-answer, approach it again from a different angle.
  • Rephrase the answer in your own words.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask dumb questions.

Read the full article here:
“The One Conversational Tool That Will Make You Better At Absolutely Everything” via FastCompany.com

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