We kept six honest working men they taught us all we know their names are WHAT and WHY and WHEN and WHERE and WHO.
The question is one of the keys to human behavior, achievement and cooperation. It unlocks problems that we experience during our working and out of work lives. However, it takes time and practice to develop the ability to ask the right question of the right person at the right time.
The question play a role of bridge between your known and unknown thoughts.
In order to ask appropriate questions, the skill is in learning to frame your questions to gain the required information. The tips below should help you to achieve this.
- Plan your questions, make them trace the line of thought you plan to follow.
- Make the wording definite, clear and concise. Your answers prefer to know exactly what they are being asked. There should be no ambiguity.
- Make each question centre on only one idea. Do not combine two or three questions in one.
- Take into consideration your perception as to your answers knowledge. At first, adapt your questions according to your perception of his or her ability and experience.
- Allow for subsidiary questions. If your question is one that requires thought, replies that are very prompt often indicate that very little thinking has taken place on your answer’s part. Ensure that you follow-up by asking subsidiary questions to force your answer to fully review the points under discussion. Their prompt response may be right, but don’t risk it!
- Use What?, When?, How?,Where?, and Who?