How to Ask Useful Questions – Josh Kaufman
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Inexperienced questions such as "I'm thinking about [action]. What do you think?" are seldom answered because answering would take too much effort.
This is because naive questions lack the necessary context while failing to respect the recipient's time, energy and attention. Instead, it transfers responsibility for the end result from the questioner to the recipient. If you want helpful answers, it is worthwhile to learn to ask better questions.
"I would like to know more about A. I found you via B. Are you the best person to ask regarding A?"
"From our discussion about A, it seems like B is the case. Is that correct?"
"I'm trying A. I've tried B and C, and it resulted in D and E. What should I try next?"
"Based on our conversation about X, we decided to do Y. The next step is Z. Agreed? If yes, I'll do it right away."
"I'm working on A. My priorities are B and C, but I'm not sure it's the best option. If you have a moment, I'd appreciate your thoughts . If you can't, no worries. Thanks."
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