Getting Over Yourself

June 21, 2013

“That’s a good question” probably won’t connect you with your audience

Filed under: Tips — Barbara Rocha @ 11:35 am
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We often hear speakers say, ‘That’s a good question,’ before they give the answer. And it may be okay sometimes, but you risk looking insincere if you say it to every question, or insulting the only person you didn’t say it to.

More important than saying those words, is that the questioner feels they’ve asked a good question.

If you want the questioner to feel they asked a good question, pay attention to the question and listen to what they’re saying. Paying attention vividly illustrates that you value the question, thereby making the questioner feel important, feel heard, and be more receptive to you and to your answer. (It also helps you answer the question more satisfactorily because you actually heard what they were saying.)

“If you want to be listened to, you should put in time listening.” Marge Piercy

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