The Power of Questions
By Rick Boxx
March 10, 2011
Two partners were having problems communicating. One partner asked me how to approach the other about hiring a mediator. Apparently,his partner liked being in control and would not do well with demands.
“Ask questions, rather than make demands or statements” was my recommendation. For example, “Jim, Do you think a third party to mediate would be helpful?”
This approach gives Jim some level of control and a favorable response is more likely, rather than declaring you desire to bring in a mediator.
When Pilate asked Jesus if He was the king of the Jews, Jesus answered with a question in John 18:34, “Is that your own idea, Jesus asked, or did others talk to you about me?”
Sometimes questions, rather than statements, makes for more productive communication.
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