Being willing to ask questions is actually more an indicator of strength than weakness. It shows you’re comfortable admitting you don’t have all the answers (and you’re not trying to pretend you do). It tells others that you have a curious, active mind that is seeking to keep learning.
Asking questions is also a great way to gain people’s trust and build rapport. It quickly signals to people that you’re interested in them—which is one reason why, as a recent study found, the simple act of asking questions makes us more likeable to other people.
When you’re asking questions, always lead with curiosity. The more genuine interest you can muster—about a subject you’re discussing or a person you’re talking to—the more authentic your questions will be. True curiosity creates bridges and avoids having the person on the receiving end of the question think you’re being confrontational or judgmental.
Embrace the listening aspect of being a questioner. Listening enables you to ask follow-up questions—the hallmark of a good questioner.
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