Being Curious

8 minute podcast

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Did you ask a great question today?

Asking questions is a great way to learn new things and to find out more about the people around you. Demonstrating a desire to learn and showing a genuine interest in others enables you to gain new knowledge and build rapport with the people you ask. In this 8-minute podcast, Doug Miller explores how to develop your sense of curiosity and the types of questions you can use to encourage conversation and learning. Doug Miller is an author, trainer and consultant and has recorded our other Sound Advice podcasts on the topics of Collaboration at Work and Virtual Meetings.

Summary of learning messages

  • Being curious is about seeking answers
    Great questions are at the heart of how we learn, not just what we learn

  • You need to be genuinely interested
    Going through the motions of asking questions isn’t enough; you need to care about the answers

  • Don’t worry about asking ‘obvious’ or ‘silly’ questions
    If you don’t know the answer, it’s likely that others don’t too, so don’t be afraid to ask.

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