This weeks ATQ is about powerful question. Last year I worked together with Deborah Preuss who is probably an even bigger fan of powerful questions than I am. She wrote a nice introduction to the quiz, that I decided to publish together with the answers.
We hope this quiz teaches (or reminds) you of at least one practice for your people-skills toolkit!
1) What makes a question “powerful”?
A) It conveys the questioner’s strong desire for change.
B) It sets a clear direction for answerers to follow.
C) It evokes the answerer’s wisdom.
D) It is specific to the answerer’s context.
E) It is easily answered.
F) It has never been asked before.
2) Which of these is (or are) evidence that question has been “powerful”?
A) The energy in the room shifts.
B) There is a pause, while a deep breath is taken.
C) Body language indicates curiosity.
D) One or more of the above may happen.
E) It is impossible to tell right away.
F) All of the above.
3) Which of these are sure to weaken the effect of a question?
A) feeling nervous and stumbling when posing the question.
B) already knowing the answer you want the answerers to discover.
C) presenting some possible answers, to get the ball rolling.
D) rephrasing it, to be sure it was understood.
E) allowing an awkward silence to lengthen after asking it.
F) None of the above.
4) Which of the following statements about “Why…?” questions is (or are) FALSE?
A) Research has found “Why” questions, in general, to be more powerful than “what,” “when” and “which” questions.
B) You can pose a “why” question without using “why”.
C) A “Why” question is the fastest way to the real root of any issue.
D) A “why” question may need to be repeated to dig down.
E) A “why” question can put answerers on the defensive.
F) It doesn’t matter who asks it – a solid “why” question always works.