Ep31: How to Ask Better Questions (Part 1)

Questions

It’s something that can drive new parents insane, but it’s essential to our development as social creatures: asking questions. As children, we ask questions incessantly as a way to understand the world around us. As we mature, our curiosity becomes more nuanced and complex, and our motives are less obvious. Or we hesitate to ask something for fear of sounding dumb or because we don’t want to challenge someone. We’re encouraged to be curious, but we’re seldom told that curiosity is a skill that we can improve. Our question this episode: How can we ask better questions to get better results?

In this episode, I explore a fundamental element of good conversations, and especially productive conflict: questions. There’s both art and science to crafting questions that help us to influence, connect, and learn from one another.

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Resources for Further Learning*

Want To Know What Your Brain Does When It Hears A Question? | FastCompany.com
Brain Rules | John Medina
Powerful Questions PDF | Co-active Coaching (This book was required reading for my coach training program and is a great introduction to the coaching framework)
Ep28: Self-Awareness and Authority with Caryn Lee

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