Asking a lot of questions (lots but not too many) unlocks learning and improves interpersonal bonding.
The way we answer can encourage trust and information sharing.
It's about choosing the right balance between privacy & transparency - decide 'before' a conversation what information is to be shared & what kept private.
Asking questions improves our emotional intelligence (EI) and with improved EI we become better questioners - it's a virtuous cycle.
“Ask questions the other person will enjoy answering.” - Dale Carnegie
Research over the past 50 years suggests people have conversations to accomplish some combination of two major goals:
Recent research shows asking questions achieves both.
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