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How to Ask the Right Question in the Right Way

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/254264

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How to Ask the Right Question in the Right Way
4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There is an old adage that says one should seek to understand before seeking to be understood. I say, we have two ears and only one mouth for a reason -- because we need to listen twice as much as we speak.

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How to Ask the Right Question

How to Ask the Right Question
  • Avoid asking rhetorical questions.
  • Ask friendly, clarifying questions.
  • Don’t put the listener on the spot.
  • Ask open-ended questions.
  • Thank the person for their response.
  • Avoid tension, as it may lead to poor answers.
  • Avoid being too direct.
  • Be a willing listener.

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To communicate well

... ask the right question and ask it at the right time. 

The wrong question is almost guaranteed to generate the wrong answer. The right question asked at the wrong time -- in the wrong context, while there are pressing distractions, asked of the wrong person -- is equally useless.

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Determine where you are in your career. 

Identify how you got there and why you might lack fulfillment in your professional life.

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These are the non-negotiable values you want to be known and remembered for.

Once you have identified your values, look at your personality, skills and interests to make sure that they align with your current occupation.

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These are questions like “What do I really want?” or “Should I change careers?

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Aim To Work as a Team

Have your team work for something together.

Setting goals just for the department or one individual breeds isolation and a limited mentality. Instead, give staffers a unified focus and purpose, to inspire them together.

Be the last to speak

This way, you'll be able to hear your team’s true thoughts, which you can to use to inform the opinion you yourself deliver at the end of the conversation.

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Shut down outside distractions

A key part of being a good listener is showing the speaker that he or she has your undivided attention. Close your laptop and put away your phone.

This gives those speakers the confidence to express themselves fully without feeling that they’re imposing on your time.

Mind your body language

7 percent of a message is conveyed through words. Body language plays a major role in how we communicate and how we listen.

When you’re listening, then, be aware of what your body language is saying to the speaker. Unfold your arms and be open to what this person has to say.