We ask many questions each day, particularly when interviewing entrepreneurs and discussing companies. There’s a skill to asking the right kinds of questions.
Judith Ross, blogger at Harvard Business Publishing has written an overview of how to ask more effective questions:
The most effective and empowering questions create value in one or more of the following ways:
The blog lays out an admirable set of goals to aim for when asking questions. Much like a persuasive essay, properly constructed questions can form the basis of an argument or description of a position on an issue. Most of these goals focus on framing the question the right way to satisfy a goal.
NB: The comments have great points about cultural sensitivities and differences in norms.