As John and Simon traverse the northern hemisphere summer, John takes on a little walk into the world of Purposeful Questions.  

Questions which:

  • Ask for clarity on their thoughts 
  • Ask to challenge proposals 
  • Ask to examine ideas
  • Ask to draw out someone’s perspective
  • Ask to understand the impact of an idea
  • Ask to find out what are the right questions to ask!

Key Things to Remember: 

  • Ask with a curious mind and tone
  • Be careful with language …Asking ‘Why’ can feel confrontational
  • Use questions to have people ‘raise their gaze’ or ‘delve in deep’
  • Ask yourself ‘What’s the right question to ask?’
  • Think about the order of your questions 
  • If your question draws blank looks, then reframe it
  • Declare the intent of your question ‘Hey, I am curious about the impact of this idea?

So whilst it’s a short episode, there is LOADS of goodness. 

As a side note, whilst the Occupational Philosophers have been steadily improving as Podcast hosts, today’s show makes us realise that they still have a long way to go……

We hope you enjoy the show AND we hope you join us for another great year of a not-so-serious business podcast. And as The Occupational Philosophers always say: stay curious, make stuff, play more, have fun and date life.

FYI: The Inbetweeners episodes are just that – smaller episodes ‘in between’ the longer format episodes designed to give a little kickstart to enable you to be the most curious, creative and imaginative cat you can be – and have some fun in the process.

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