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5 Keys to asking better questions

5 Keys to asking better questions

Asking a lot of questions (lots but not too many) unlocks learning and improves interpersonal bonding.

  • TYPE ๐Ÿ‘‰ People interacting with a partner who asks lots of follow-up questions (solicit more information) tend to feel respected and heard because it signals that you care & are listening. This type of question comes naturally to us anyways & so don't need much effort on our part.
  • FRAMING ๐Ÿ‘‰ Open-ended questions are useful in uncovering information or learning something new. It doesn't force answerers into a yes-or-no corner making people feel interrogated. Closed questions work best when you don't want to leave the other person much wiggle room; eg. tense negotiations.
  • SEQUENCE ๐Ÿ‘‰ During tense conversations asking tough questions (not too sensitive) first can make people more willing to open up. For building relationships, open with less sensitive questions and escalate slowly.
  • TONE ๐Ÿ‘‰ People open up more easily when asked questions in a casual way. They also tend to be more forthcoming when given an escape hatch or โ€œoutโ€ in a conversation. That's why teams and groups find brainstorming sessions so productive.
  • PRACTICE ๐Ÿ‘‰ Like everything else, we become better questioners through practice - asking, learning, tweaking.


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Why questioning is a powerful tool to unlock value in organizations

Why questioning is a powerful tool to unlock value in organizations

  • Encourages exchange of ideas and boosts learning.
  • Feeds innovation and creative thinking.
  • Builds rapport & trust within the team.
  • Reduces business risk by uncovering unforeseen pitfalls and hazards.


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Emotional intelligence and asking questions

Emotional intelligence and asking questions

Asking questions improves our emotional intelligence (EI) and with improved EI we become better questioners - it's a virtuous cycle.

โ€œAsk questions the other person will enjoy answering.โ€ - Dale Carnegie

Research over the past 50 years suggests people...


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The best way to answer

The best way to answer

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.

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How to Ask Great Questions


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