Fast 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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