The Power of Open Ended Questions: Do You Like Stuff?posted by Anna Mar, January 31, 2013
The Simpsons was a brilliant cartoon that taught be a great deal about business strategies and life in general.
Case in point, The Simpsons taught me the power of open ended questions.
Do You Like Stuff?Ralph is nervous because he has a crush on Lisa. They are walking home from school together and he asks:
Uh... so... do you like... stuff?People say there is no such thing as a dumb question. In this case, I think they're right.
~ Ralph, The Simpsons
Ralph asks Lisa the ultimate open ended question. It's an effective communication strategy.
The Power of Open Ended QuestionsOpen ended questions allow your conversation partner to answer freely. They are intended to get the other side talking. They require more than a yes/no answer.
Open ended questions keep the other side talking. They are an essential tool for communication, influencing and negotiation.
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