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Practice Being a Better Questioner

Most of us get sloppy when asking questions. Perhaps an acquaintance has just told us of a bizarre or difficult occurrence, and we reply dryly, "Isn't that something?"

Yes, it obviously was something--and something important, too, or this person wouldn't have told us about it. It'd be better to take his lead and follow up by asking, "How does that make you feel?" or "Have you ever experienced anything else like that?" or "How could that be handled differently in the future?" or "I wonder what lessons we can take from that?"

Then you'd have the basis for building conversation and rapport, making him or her--and probably yourself--feel better.

Here's to more personal insight,


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