Tips for asking better questions
- Converse, don't interrogate - distinguishes how to exchange with a mentor vs a peer. Offer my own thoughts as away of encouraging a real conversation. Give intelligence to others as this will nudge them to reciprocate.
- Adjust the lens - when trying to make a decision, ask wide questions to identify the criteria to be used, ask narrow questions to identify the weight to be assigned to each. Narrow questions invites specific, often factual answers about the specific area of inquiry--and nothing else.
- Frame and prime - construct the question in multiple ways for high quality intelligence
- Follow up and probe - to gain better intelligence beyond a single question
last updated march 2012