Civics Citizenship

Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover by Frank Sesno, Wolf Blitzer

By Frank Sesno, Wolf Blitzer

What hidden ability hyperlinks winning humans in all walks of existence? What is helping them make shrewdpermanent judgements? the answer's strangely basic: They understand how to invite the best questions on the correct time.

Questions aid us holiday down obstacles, observe secrets and techniques, clear up puzzles, and picture new methods of doing issues. yet few folks know the way to question in a methodical method. Emmy-award-winning journalist and media professional Frank Sesno goals to alter that with Ask More.

From questions that cement relationships, to people who aid us plan for the longer term, every one bankruptcy in Ask extra explores a special form of inquiry. by way of the tip of the booklet, you will recognize what to invite and while, what you have to hear for, and what you could anticipate because the final result.

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And history is part of diagnostic questioning. It provides clues and reveals patterns. When did you first notice this? How long has it been going on? What was it like before? Some of the most effective diagnostic questioners are history buffs. My neighbor, Al Darby, is one of the best. He’s a roofer who specializes in slate roofs, copper gutters, and that tricky flashing that wraps around chimneys and keeps the water where it belongs when it rains: outside. He usually gets called when a homeowner finds water in a bedroom or a hallway, dripping down the wall or puddled on the floor.

Simone uncovered a deep secret, discovered a different side of her dad, and changed the way she related to her father simply because she asked. More, much more, than an oral history came from her questions. And so I began to explore the power of questions in their different forms. I talked to dozens of people, master questioners if you will, to understand how they used questions in their lives and professions and to see what we could learn from them. The inquiry teachers in this book comprise some of the most fascinating and successful people I’ve met, some famous and some not so famous.

She was short and overweight and in her early twenties. As usual, the first question was big and open and warm. With a smile she asked: How are you doing today? Not well, the woman said. Her head hurt. She was feeling tired and weak. She felt confused, disoriented. Teresa asked about her past health issues. The woman said she’d suffered from high blood pressure, chronic weight issues, and diabetes. Teresa suspected the woman was having a diabetic attack. Her questions grew more specific and urgent, homing in.

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