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Ask Powerful Questions in Meetings

To be a really great meeting facilitator you need to stop giving answers in meetings and instead start asking questions - the right kind of questions.

Question types:

  • Closed - the answer is yes, no or maybe- “Do you ...?”, “Are we ...?” “Have they ...?”

- Use them to confirm/check information or get a quick answer

  • Open - they demand a longer more detailed answer- “Who ..., What ..., Where ..., When ..., Why..., How ...?”

- Use them to get personal opinions and more detailed information

Great facilitators and leaders ask a lot of open questions. Even if they already have a lot of the “answer” the right question at the right time will get them 5% more information which can lead to new ideas, new direction, product and service innovation and ultimately profit.