In an era of information overload and political divisiveness, it can seem harder than ever to identify accurate facts, make sound decisions and build the meaningful personal connections that enrich our lives.
Fortunately, all of us have access to one of the most valuable tools available for cutting through the noise and achieving better outcomes – the questions we ask. But knowing how to ask the right questions at the right time cannot be taken for granted. The art of asking questions is an invaluable skill set, but few of us ever stop to examine how it works or what’s necessary to fully take advantage of it.
Author Frank Sesno aims to change that with Ask More, a guide to unlocking the power of inquiry that will change how you innovate and communicate in both personal and professional settings.
Sesno, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, has spent decades questioning global leaders and everyday people alike. In the book, he draws on his formidable interviewing skills and experience to break down the art of inquiry into eleven useful categories of questions, each designed for a specific purpose.
Ask More is packed with illuminating interviews and stories from dozens of leaders who have used these questioning techniques to innovate and excel. By the end of the book, you’ll discover what to ask and when, what you should listen for and how each different type of question will move you toward your goals.
Among the insights you’ll find in Ask More …
Colin Powell shows how strategic questions can define a mission and forecast success – or failure.
Turnaround expert Steve Miller employs diagnostic questions to get to the heart of a company’s problems.
NPR’s Terry Gross digs deeper with empathy questions.
Journalists Anderson Cooper and Jorge Ramos explain how they use confrontational questions to hold people accountable.
Creative questions drove a couple of techie dreamers to imagine Uber, and a young mayor to challenge history.
Karen Osborne asks mission questions to help nonprofits raise awareness – and money.
Dr. Anthony Fauci posed scientific questions to help crack the HIV/AIDS mystery.
Amid the proliferation of instant answers, fly-by facts and relentless clickbait, Sesno makes a powerful case for the value of observing carefully, listening intently and asking more. He reveals a roadmap to inquiry that will change the way you question – and that might even change your life.