Using Questions to Unlock Important Conversations
Expert communicators and influencers like to use three types of questions to unlock important conversations at work. Why? Because it is more effective to ask well considered questions than to to advocate for your point of view by lecturing your audience on the soundness of your perspective.
Communication skills training teaches that you are more likely to influence your listeners through insightful questions rather than by advocating what you think they should think or do.
Advocacy vs. Inquiry
While both advocacy and inquiry are needed for effective leadership and two-way communication, it is difficult to engage employees and inspire others unless they feel heard and understood. As part of our new manager training and management training programs, we define advocacy and inquiry as:
To conduct better inquiry and to ask questions to unlock important conversations, be curious and plan your questions around what you are hoping to learn and where you are hoping to lead your audience:
The Bottom Line
It is more effective to ask well considered questions than to to advocate for your point of view. Invest the time to learn how to influence your listeners through insightful questions rather than by advocating what they should think or do.
To learn more about how to ask questions to unlock important conversations, download Effective Communication Skills – The Essential Ingredient in Any Interaction
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