Ask Better Questions

Debbie Stier posted about David Weedmark’s 5 Keys to the Art of Listening. Advice #5 struck a nerve:

#5 Ask better questions: To truly engage someone in a conversation, there is nothing more important than your choice in questions. I am fascinated the why’s behind people’s stories. Take them deeper into their own thoughts and feelings by asking them why they did what they did and how they got to where they are. Every story has a better story behind it, beggint to be opened with a single, “Why?”

5 Keys to the Art of Listening, from David Weedmark.

3 Comments leave a comment below

  1. that’s so great, thanks for sharing!

  2. The good old “W” questions! Applies to German as well.
    Rule to apply: Never ask a question which simply can be answered with Yes or No (unless you wanted it).

  3. My therapist asks me this all the time. The who, what, where and when questions are the facts, the set-up — why is the real story.