Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Do others give you quick short answers?

People have said, "Maria, I try to get (John or Jane) to talk to me, but all I get are short or quick answers. There seems to be no substance to the conversations."

Now this is more common with talking to teenagers, something I have experienced myself. However, it can also happen with employees or even co-workers.

It can be very frustrating when you are trying to find out certain information you need to get a job completed, or even trying to build up a better working relationship.

Fortunately, there are ways to help you along. One of them is to look at the type of questions that you are asking. For example, a closed-ended question more often will bring you a short reply.

If you ask, "Have you got the outline for the project?" You many receive a quick "Yes" as a reply even though you were wanting the details.

Asking open-ended questions will lead you to more information in your conversations.

Instead of asking,
"Have you been working on the project?"
which could also get a Yes. Try asking.
"Tell me about what you have accomplished on the project".

Instead of,
"Did you like the project",
try,
"What about the project did you think was good."

There are many more examples that we could go over. The first part is to ask yourself. How have I been approaching people.
Try out this way of approaching people and take note of the answers that you receive.

All the Best!
Maria Boomhower
The Master Communicator
Communication Mastery
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