Ask yourself: why do you ask questions?

Ask yourself: why do you ask questions?

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Chances are, you’ve been taught there is such a thing as a “good” and a “bad” type of question. Typically, this refers to open-ended questions (“good”), and closed questions (“bad”). This judgement is based on the likelihood of getting more than a one-word answer.

But have you ever asked yourself why we ask questions at all? The answer seems obvious at first glance – we ask questions to find something out. But there is much more to it than meets the eye.

This article:

  • defines three key motivations for asking a question,
  • explains how to effectively deploy positive motivations, and
  • provides guidance on what to do if you or someone else falls into the trap of the third motivation.
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