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Why learn the ‘Art of Questioning’

In every Era, there are certain 'Skills' that are most important to succeed in those times.

In today’s information age, there are abundant answers to everything. But the skill which is scarce is the ability to ask the ‘Right Questions’. This is what differentiates the best performers from the crowd today.

Asking powerful questions allows you to uncover hidden assumptions, challenge the status quo, and discover the "why" behind any problem. Simply knowing the answers isn't enough. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

Steve Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple, famously stated, "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."

By honing your questioning skills, you become an innovator.

Scholars Summit will run this 5-hour module on ‘How to Ask Right Questions’. This interactive workshop shall empower students with:

  1. Frameworks for Powerful Questions: Learn structured methods to approach any problem systematically, ensuring a comprehensive exploration. These frameworks, coupled with critical thinking exercises, will equip students with the ability to tackle any problem from multiple angles, formulating insightful questions that unlock creative solutions.

  2. Vocabulary to Enquire: This is to articulate your questions well, conveying the right meaning in a specific context. Powerful questions require more than just a basic vocabulary. Scholars Summit helps students broaden their linguistic horizons, exposing them to a rich repertoire of questioning words and phrases. Students will explore the nuances of words like "clarify," "elaborate," "investigate," and "analyze," learning how to use them effectively to dig deeper into a topic. They'll also delve into the power of open-ended questions that spark discussion and exploration, as opposed to closed-ended questions seeking a single, definitive answer. By mastering a diverse questioning vocabulary, students will be able to articulate their inquiries with precision, ensuring they get the information they need to move forward.

  3. Data-Driven Inquiry Concepts: Using fundamental statistics and logic concepts to challenge the assumptions and validate the conclusions. These concepts allow them to fact-check assumptions and build a strong foundation for their questions. They'll also explore basic data analysis techniques like creating charts and graphs to visualize trends and identify patterns. This data-driven approach allows students to move beyond speculation and base their questions on concrete evidence, leading to more informed and impactful solutions.

This skill also improves one’s professional standing significantly. Here are some careers and professions where this skill is particularly valuable:

  • Journalism: Journalists rely on asking insightful questions to uncover stories, understand perspectives, and communicate complex ideas clearly to the public.

  • Law: Lawyers and legal professionals use strategic questioning to gather evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and build compelling cases.

  • Medicine and Healthcare: Doctors and healthcare professionals ask questions to diagnose conditions, understand patient histories, and decide on the best treatments.

  • Research and Academia: Researchers and academics ask questions to explore new ideas, challenge existing knowledge, and contribute to their fields of study.

  • Consulting: Consultants use questioning to understand their clients' challenges, analyze business environments, and recommend solutions.

  • Sales and Marketing: Sales professionals and marketers ask questions to understand customer needs, preferences, and motivations to tailor their pitches and campaigns.

  • Psychology and Counseling: Psychologists and counselors ask questions to explore feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, facilitating client insight and growth.

  • Management and Leadership: Leaders and managers ask questions to guide teams, make strategic decisions, and foster a culture of curiosity and innovation.

  • Data Science and Analytics: Data scientists and analysts use questions to guide their analysis, interpret data, and uncover insights that drive decision-making.

  • Education: Teachers and educators ask questions to stimulate thinking, encourage exploration, and deepen understanding among their students.

  • Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurs ask questions to identify market needs, innovate products and services, and navigate the complexities of starting and growing a business.

  • Investigation and Forensics: Investigators and forensic experts ask detailed questions to solve crimes, analyze evidence, and determine causes.

  • User Experience (UX) Design: UX designers ask questions to understand user needs and behaviors, designing products that provide meaningful and relevant experiences.

Asking the right questions is a Super Important skill, but often ignored in our education system. However, developing this skill can allow the person to delve beneath surface-level assumptions and draw truly meaningful insights to solve problems.

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