It’s All About Asking the Right Questions

As a meeting facilitator, you must master the art of asking a good question. In addition, it is important to develop a wide repertoire of questions. For example, we often see team leaders using that tired old question—”does anyone have any questions?”—again and again. In addition to being a simple “yes or no” question, it also sounds perfunctory when it used repeatedly, as if you really don’t expect any questions and are just “going through the motions.”

In the end, your goal in any team discussion is to utilize all the expertise in the room (or on the line) to accomplish the meeting’s objectives. Here are the types of questions most often used by facilitators:

1. Open-ended. Most often starting with ...

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