The Art of Asking Questions

By: Lisa Marie

Asking good questions is an essential skill that can help you learn, gain insight, and build stronger relationships with others. However, not everyone knows how to ask good questions. In this blog post, we will discuss the art of asking good questions and provide some tips to help you improve your questioning and communication skills.

  1. Be Clear and Specific: One of the most important aspects of asking good questions is being clear and specific. Don’t beat around the bush or use vague language. Instead, be direct and to the point. If you’re not clear about what you’re asking, the person you’re talking to might not be able to give you a clear answer. In other words, if it is misunderstandable, it will be misunderstood.

  2. Ask Open-Ended Questions: Open-ended questions are questions that cannot be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.” While close-ended questions are sometimes needed, open-ended types of questions allow for a more in-depth response and can help you learn more about a person or topic. Examples of open-ended questions include:
    • What inspired you to pursue this career?
    • What do you think are the most important qualities in a leader?
    • How do you think technology has changed the way we communicate?
  3. Avoid Leading Questions: Leading questions are questions that are designed to elicit a specific response. These types of questions can be manipulative and can prevent you from getting an honest answer. Instead, try to ask neutral questions that allow the person to provide their own perspective. For example, instead of asking “Don’t you think that was a bad idea?” try asking “What are your thoughts on that decision?” Be careful to be cognizant of your body language in asking a question as well. Shaking your head up and down will prompt a specific type of answer from who you are talking to.

  4. Listen More Than You Speak: When you ask a question, it’s important to give the other person time to answer. Don’t interrupt or try to finish their sentences for them. Instead, listen carefully to what they’re saying and ask follow-up questions to show that you’re engaged in the conversation. This will not only help you get a better understanding of the topic, but it will also show the other person that you value their input.

  5. Be Curious: Good questioning requires a certain level of curiosity. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if they might seem obvious. Asking questions shows that you’re interested in learning and that you’re willing to put in the effort to gain a deeper understanding of a topic. Curiosity can lead to new insights, ideas, and opportunities.

In conclusion, asking good questions is a valuable skill that can help you in all areas of life. By being clear and specific, asking open-ended questions, avoiding leading questions, listening more than you speak, and being curious, you can improve your questioning skills and gain a deeper understanding of the world around you.

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