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Your ultimate guide to questioning & listening

Key skills to become a phenomenal communicator

Your ultimate guide to questioning & listening
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How many questions do you ask each day & what could you do if those questions were more productive, better constructed & response driven?

This ultimate guide to questioning & listening will give you all the skills, tools & techniques you need to become a phenomenal interpersonal communicator today!

We will examine; what questions are, what they can do, why we ask them, as well as the role of active listening & body language.

This will enable you to understand verbal & non-verbal dialogue at a higher level, improve your interactions & become an outstanding interpersonal communicator.


Hi and welcome to this book on questioning. I have spent over 20 years teaching and writing books on a variety of; presentation, management, leadership and team building topics. I have also managed staff in both the public and private sector and as such have perfected my communication skills. In particular how to ask questions, respond to what is and isn’t said and understand body language and verbal cues. It is this experience that I will be sharing with you.

It sounds easy right? you ask a question and it gets answered with useful information you can use…oh, if only it were that easy!

The skill in being a great communicator and questioner is in asking; the right type of question to the right person, at the right time, in the right environment. But, even this is not enough.

I often ask my students do they listen? and of course, usually without exception they say “yes”. But, I have tested this in a variety of ways to a huge range of people from a whole host of organisations and seniorities and without exception I can conclude that active listening in a universally underdeveloped skill.

The thing is, in order to become a phenomenal questioner you must also be a phenomenal active listener. You also need to be able to read what is being said non-verbally i.e. through a persons body language. We will look at some of the common body language cues and signs during section 6.

So, what will this book cover?

  • What is questioning?
  • What can questions do?
  • Why do we ask them?
  • Active listening
  • Body language
  • 12 different types of questions – that you can ask or indeed be asked
  • Responses to questions

In order to get the most out of this book I have added some supplementary information, which will support the main topics and further advance your knowledge.

I really hope you enjoy the course and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.


  1. Introduction
  2. What is questioning?
  3. What can questions do?
    1. Gain knowledge
    2. Promote and expand thinking
    3. Clarify
    4. Probe
    5. Guide
    6. Intimidate
    7. Attack
  4. Why do we ask questions?
  5. Active listening
    1. Why don’t we hear what is being said?
    2. Active listening exercise
  6. Body language
    1. Head
    2. The face
    3. Hands
    4. Eyes
    5. Mouth
    6. Arms
    7. General posture
  7. Introduction to question types
  8. Closed questions
  9. Tag questions (sometime known as tail questions)
  10. Open questions
  11. Imaginative questions
  12. Funnel questions
  13. Probing questions
  14. Recall & process questions
  15. Socratic Questions
    1. Conceptual clarification questions
    2. Probing assumptions
    3. Probing rationale, reason and evidence
    4. Probing implications and consequences
    5. Questioning viewpoints and perspectives
    6. Questions about the question
  16. Leading questions
  17. Loaded questions
  18. Rhetorical questions
  19. Empathetic or emotional questions
  20. Common Responses to questions
    1. direct & honest
    2. a lie
    3. out of context
    4. partial answer
    5. avoidance
    6. stalling
    7. distortion
    8. refusal
  21. Summary
  22. Supplementary information
    1. Emotional intelligence
    2. Top ten ways to establish rapport
    3. Top ten most asked interview questions
    4. Top ten questions to change your life
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