“Asking the right question is a skill and a weapon.” – Nic Peterson
Socrates once said, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” Success in your business isn’t dependant on having the right answers, but in knowing which questions to ask. Questions are everything. They are the key to your own growth and your business and personal relationships. Learn how to master the art of questions, and gain a new skill and weapon to wield at will.
“People want to be told what to do, but when you can provide someone with better questions to ask, they will have the fuel to propel them into whatever stratosphere they want to go into.”
– Jeff Moore
Most of the time, people just want you to tell them what to do. It can feel simpler, easier, less scary that way. However, unless you are desiring to grow a needy client-base that is dependent on you for their every move, questions need to be your greatest used resource, and your default in conversations. Questioning is so much more powerful than telling, and can be utilized to help facilitate an individual’s growth, helping to guide them towards their own answer. Start being more aware of your conversations with clients. Are you quick to provide a solution? Are you elevating yourself as an expert, instead of helping to elevate your client? While it’s important to ask questions of others, it’s equally, if not more important to consistently be asking yourself questions. Become a detective of your actions, your motivations, and your pursuit of data.
“The process of discovery is not ‘tell me the answer,’ it’s asking questions that prompt more questions. It’s a series of questions that lead to growth.” – Nic Peterson
Become a master of asking questions. Not only will you find yourself learning more about your clients, friends, and family, but you’ll find that people in your circle of influence will become better at asking questions as well.
One way to do this is to start answering the questions that people ask. So many times, people aren’t asking the questions they really want to be answered. If they’re asking the wrong question, does it really matter what the answer is? People tend to hover closer to the surface or stay “safe” with vague, hypothetical questions. Challenge others to dig deeper and be bolder with their questions. When a client asks how to make $100,000 quickly, you can tell them to just sell all of their stuff. These answers could frustrate in the short-term, but hopefully, it will help them to think more about the questions they ask. What that client really wants to know is how to build a successful, sustainable business. To get there, they’ll need to ask bigger, more specific questions. Help them grow, instead of enabling their timidity.
Questions lead to more questions, and there is never a time when there aren’t more questions to ask. That, my friend, is a beautiful thing.
“Questions are the sculptor of the soul.” – Jeff Moore
Some Topics we talk about in this episode:
- Introduction – 0:36
- The Importance of Questions – 4:22
- Some Really Important Questions – 6:36
- The Benefit of Questions for Others – 10:22
- Don’t Ask Lazy Questions – 14:53
- Wrap-up and Takeaways – 27:36
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