The most obvious reason might be to discover the answer.
The purest form of asking questions is just that – to discover the answer. But that could be difficult. To discover the answer you must ask a good question then listen without judging.
That’s difficult for many people and impossible with certain temperaments.
First, you must ask a clear question.
Second, you must listen without interrupting.
Third, you must listen without judging.
Each of those steps are difficult for most of us some of the time and each step can be difficult for many of us most of the time.
Are you asking a question to trap someone?
Are you asking a question to prove that you are right?
Are you asking a question to confirm what you already believe?
If you want to better connect with your listeners – ask questions to discover.
Ask, and then listen without judging.
Executive Speech Coach, Business presentation tips from George Torok, the Speech Coach for Executives.