▸▸ In this episode: Questions can be much more important than answers. We take an in-depth look at what kind of questions are important and how they can be used to your benefit.
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In this video, I emphasize the importance of asking great questions in order to be more valuable and helpful in relationships, work, and life. I discuss how some of the most brilliant minds, such as Einstein and Socrates, believed that the key to success is asking questions and how asking the right questions can bring value to a situation.
In order to help you understand and bring value in their own situations, I provide six specific types of questions to ask:
Situational questions: These are questions that help you understand the current situation, such as "What's going on?" and "What's happening?"
Clarifying questions: These are questions that help you better understand something that has been said or presented, such as "Why did you say that?" and "Where did that come from?"
Assumption-probing questions: These are questions that challenge assumptions and help you consider alternative viewpoints, such as "What could we assume instead?"
Reason and evidence-seeking questions: These are questions that help you understand the reasoning behind a statement or decision and ask for supporting evidence, such as "What led you to that conclusion?" and "Can you provide examples to support your point?"
Implication and consequence-exploring questions: These are questions that help you consider the potential outcomes or effects of a situation, such as "What are the potential consequences of this decision?" and "How might this affect other areas?"
Goal and objective-focused questions: These are questions that help you understand the goals and objectives of a situation, such as "What is the desired outcome?" and "What do you hope to achieve?"
I also emphasize the importance of listening and being present in the moment while asking these questions in order to truly understand and bring value to a situation.
EDIT: In the video I mistakenly credit the original quote "'It is easier to judge the mind of a man by his questions rather than his answers)." to Voltaire. Sam Sawmy (in the comments) correctly pointed out that it actually comes from Pierre-Marc-Gaston de Lévis writings.
00:24 The Power of Great Questions
02:56 Six Types of Questions
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