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The ability to ask good questions is essential in today’s world. However, as Stephen Covey categorized in one of his 7 Habits; “Seek first to Understand, then to be understood.” Or another way Dale Carnegie phrased this, “To be interesting, be interested.” To accomplish this, I think one of the areas that most of could work on is to develop our ability to quickly recognize the purpose of the question. When we do this, it is much easier to align perspectives and therefore engage in collaborative efforts.
Adapted from the work of Stafford (2009) and from the book, Collaborating for Inquiry-Based Learning: School Librarians and Teachers Partner for Student Achievement by Virginia L. Wallace and Whitney N. Husid, the Purposes for Question diagram is an ideal training aid for me in sales and marketing.