Asking Questions

Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t.

– Michelle Obama

Getting Others to Talk

When trying to get others to talk, one must be willing to have open and honest communication. Open and Honest communication plays a massive role in the success of any relationship, which is also true with respect and understanding of boundaries. Try going at the speed of others, be consistent, and practice active listening.

Phrases

“Thank you for asking…..”“What exactly do you mean by….?”
“How about you?…”“I’d prefer not to discuss this right now.”
“For my understanding, you want to know….”“Let me get back to you about that”
“To be honest I ….”“Why do you feel that way”
“I don’t want to give you the wrong information”“I think….”

Questions/ Hypothetical Situations

Practice answering basic get-to-know questions you would experience in your work or personal life. Utilize the phrases above as a frame for how you could respond to these scenarios. Also, rate your comfort level with opening up. What’s one thing that surprised you about working at your current company?

  1. What drains you at work?
  2. Describe your dream vacation.
  3. What’s one thing that surprised you about working at your current company?
  4. Describe yourself in three words, Why do you think you choose those words?
  5. What’s one thing you’re learning now or learned recently?
  6. Name something you’re willing to spend more money on to ensure you get the best quality.
  7. How would your friends describe you?
  8. What’s your ideal way to spend your weekends?
  9. What was your first job?
  10. If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be

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