“When you ask better questions, you get better answers. This may seem like common sense, but common sense is rarely common practice. When we get clear on our purpose, we give ourselves the freedom to be more intentional, and consequently we are able to show up for the situations that need us.” ~ Brendon Burchard
Too many times we ask questions off the top of our head hoping that will lead to getting the answers we are looking for. If it does not we get frustrated and so does the person we are questioning.
This is especially true at work. When we ask the right question it will lead to getting a better answer. The trick is taking the time to develop the right question to ask that will prompt the person to give you the right information you are seeking.
For example, if you want to know where something is ask “Can you tell me exactly where BLANK is so that I can get it?” By adding the word exactly, you will either get an answer of exactly where it is or the answer I do not know. You do not want any answers that have “well it might be” or “I think it is” those answers do not help you and will waste your time.
If you need more information then ask prompting questions such as, “And then what happened?” or “how did that make you feel?” This form of questioning once you are into the conversation shows you are interested and curious and want to hear more from them.
When you take time to create good questions to ask others it creates an opportunity for both parties to get to know one another and have a better understanding of each other.
Time is one of our most valuable assets and when you take the time in asking clear quality questions you are investing in getting the answers you need.