Questions? Conversation killers?
11/27/17 / Karla Raines
What happened to me? When did my conversation style stray into a revolving game of 20 Questions (a 1940s era TV show)? I’m a big believer in the power of questions but too much is too much. There, I’ve said it.
I suspect working with a bunch of wicked smart and curious researchers is part of the problem. I’m surrounding by people intent on determining the right questions to ask. And they like to think of questions by posing questions.
What happens when a question becomes the default? Have I lost my ability to speak in statements? To declare what I believe or think or know?
When something becomes an unintentional habit – a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up – it’s time to establish new patterns.
And thus I’ve commenced the somewhat clunky experience of rephrasing questions into statements. If you experience me fumbling about with words a bit more than normal, you’ll know I’m in the midst of behavior change.
Hey, I wonder if anyone has done any research on this?
PS – If 20 questions aren’t enough I can point to a list of 200 conversation starters.