Types of Questions

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In our interaction with others, we ask questions. We always have in our mind what type of response we want. For this it is important to know what type of question to ask so that we can get the desired response. This presentation explains different types of questions & which type of question to ask so that we can get desired response.

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Types of Questions:

Types of Questions Presented BY: The English Academy 88666 80407 englishacademybaroda@gmail.com Personality Development Programs, Corporate Training Programs, Training Programs for Educational Institutes

Close Ended Questions:

Close Ended Questions A closed question usually receives a single word or very short, factual answer. For example, "Are you thirsty?" The answer is "Yes" or "No"; "Where do you live?" The answer is generally the name of your town or your address.

Benefits of Close Ended Questions:

Benefits of Close Ended Questions Closed questions are good for: Testing your or the other person's understanding: "So, if I get this qualification, will I get a raise?" Concluding a discussion or making a decision: "Now we know the facts, are we all agreed this is the right course of action?" Frame setting: "Are you happy with the service from your bank?"

Open Ended Questions:

Open Ended Questions Open questions need longer answers & begin with a wh word like what, why, how etc. An open question asks the respondent for his knowledge, opinion or feelings. "Tell me" and "describe" can also be used in the same way as open questions. examples: 1. What happened at the meeting? 2. Why did he react that way? 3. How was the party? 4. Tell me what happened next. 5. Describe the circumstances in more detail.

Benefits of Open Ended Questions:

Benefits of Open Ended Questions Open questions are good for: Developing an open conversation: "What did you get up to on vacation?" Finding out more detail: "What else do we need to do to make this a success?" Finding out the other person's opinion or issues: "What do you think about those changes?"

Funnel Questions:

Funnel Questions This technique involves starting with general questions, and then homing in on a point in each answer, and asking more and more detail at each level. It's often used by detectives taking a statement from a witness: EXAMPLE: "How many people were involved in the fight?" " About ten ." "Were they kids or adults?" " Mostly kids. " "What sort of ages were they?" " About fourteen or fifteen. " "Were any of them wearing anything distinctive?" " Yes, several of them had red baseball caps on ." "Can you remember if there was a logo on any of the caps?" " Now you come to mention it, yes, I remember seeing a big letter N. "

Benefits of Funnel Questions:

Benefits of Funnel Questions Funnel questions are good for: Finding out more detail about a specific point: "Tell me more about Option 2." Gaining the interest or increasing the confidence of the person you're speaking with: "Have you used the IT Helpdesk?", "Did they solve your problem?", "What was the attitude of the person who took your call?"

Probing Questions:

Probing Questions Asking probing questions is another strategy for finding out more detail. Sometimes it's as simple as asking your respondent for an example, to help you understand a statement they have made. At other times, you need additional information for clarification, "When do you need this report by, and do you want to see a draft before I give you my final version?", or to investigate whether there is proof for what has been said, "How do you know that the new database can't be used by the sales? An effective way of probing is to use the 5 Whys method, which can help you quickly get to the root of a problem.

Benefits of Probing Questions:

Benefits of Probing Questions Probing questions are good for: Gaining clarification to ensure you have the whole story and that you understand it thoroughly; and Drawing information out of people who are trying to avoid telling you something.

Leading Questions:

Leading Questions Leading questions try to lead the respondent to your way of thinking. They can do this in several ways: With an assumption: "How late do you think that the project will deliver?". This assumes that the project will certainly not be completed on time. By adding a personal appeal to agree at the end: "Lori's very efficient, don't you think?" or "Option 2 is better, isn't it?" Phrasing the question so that the "easiest" response is "yes" (our natural tendency to prefer to say "yes" than "no" plays an important part in the phrasing of referendum questions): "Shall we all approve Option 2?" is more likely to get a positive response than "Do you want to approve option 2 or not?". A good way of doing this is to make it personal. For example, "Would you like me to go ahead with Option 2?" rather than "Shall I choose Option 2?". Giving people a choice between two options, both of which you would be happy with, rather than the choice of one option or not doing anything at all. Strictly speaking, the choice of "neither" is still available when you ask "Which would you prefer of A or B", but most people will be caught up in deciding between your two preferences.

Benefits of Leading Questions:

Benefits of Leading Questions Leading questions are good for: Getting the answer you want but leaving the other person feeling that they have had a choice. Closing a sale: "If that answers all of your questions, shall we agree a price?"

Rhetorical Questions:

Rhetorical Questions Rhetorical questions aren't really questions at all, in that they don't expect an answer. They're really just statements phrased in question form: "Isn't John's design work so creative?" People use rhetorical questions because they are engaging for the listener - as they are drawn into agreeing ("Yes it is and I like working with such a creative colleague") -  rather than feeling that they are being "told" something like "John is a very creative designer". (To which they may answer "So What?")

Benefits of Rhetorical Questions:

Benefits of Rhetorical Questions Rhetorical questions are good for: Engaging the listener

Benefits of Right Questioning Techniques:

Benefits of Right Questioning Techniques It helps us to learn new things It helps us to build new relationship It helps us in coaching & mentoring It helps us to avoid misunderstanding It helps us to defuse a heated situation It helps us to persuade people

More Tips on Questioning Technique:

More Tips on Questioning Technique Make sure that you give the person you're asking questions enough time to respond. You may need to include thinking time before they answer. So; don't just interpret a pause as a "No comment" and plow on. Skilful questioning needs to be matched by careful listening so that you understand what people really mean with their answers. Your body language and tone of voice can also play a part in the answers you get when you ask questions. Why Probe or Ask questions.ppt

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