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Ask Better Questions to Amp Up Your Personal Effectiveness

There's a secret weapon you can bring to every conversation... a powerful tool that will make you more interesting, more engaging, and more effective... an irresistible magnet that will draw others to you and set you apart in a positive way.

It's all about asking quality questions. That's why this presentation will show you how to:

- Replace random fishing-expedition questions with purposeful questions
- Craft open-ended questions that elicit more complete responses
- Phrase questions that are more efficient and more effective in gathering the information you need
- Connect with people by demonstrating empathy and interest

Based on two decades of research, this presentation will introduce you to the 8 purposes of asking questions and how you can be more influential and effective by using a broader variety of questions.
Recorded May 3 2021 47 mins
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    Deb Calvert, People First Productivity Solutions
    There's a secret weapon you can bring to every conversation... a powerful tool that will make you more interesting, more engaging, and more effective... an irresistible magnet that will draw others to you and set you apart in a positive way.

    It's all about asking quality questions. That's why this presentation will show you how to:

    - Replace random fishing-expedition questions with purposeful questions
    - Craft open-ended questions that elicit more complete responses
    - Phrase questions that are more efficient and more effective in gathering the information you need
    - Connect with people by demonstrating empathy and interest

    Based on two decades of research, this presentation will introduce you to the 8 purposes of asking questions and how you can be more influential and effective by using a broader variety of questions.
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    -- When and where your soft skills will come in handy

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    - The risks of inaction and succumbing to fear

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    -- Solving problems
    -- Resolving conflict
    -- Making decisions
    -- Negotiating
    -- Influencing others

    Check out this presentation for a re-introduction to critical thinking. It's a core competency that is more important now than ever.
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    - Ignite sparks that intrigue others and draw them to your ideas
    - Lead by inspiring confidence in your ideas and plans
    - Amplify what you're saying with improved ways of saying it
    - Paint pictures that others can see and want to be a part of

    This presentation is suitable for leaders at any level who want to enlist their followers in pursuit of a vision.
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