Questions Provoke Thought

by Dr. Rick Kirschner on August 5, 2011

Whenever it’s my turn to speak, whether it’s one on one with a client, or in front of a group, I like to provoke thought, to get people’s minds engaged.  And in my experience, one of the best ways to provoke thought is to ask questions.

For example, when giving a presentation based on my bestselling book, ‘Dealing With People You Can’t Stand,’  I ask the group:

“How many of you can think of one person you just can’t stand? Show of hands…”

After the group has a laugh and some hands go up, I ask:

“How many of you can think of two people you just can’t stand?”  Again, hands go up (and the laughter grows).

Then I ask the third question. “How many of you are the people that those people can’t stand?”  The group laughs their loudest, and I know I have their attention.  That’s when I tell them what I’m going to talk about.

Your comments, stories and feedback are welcome.  So are your questions!  (Provoke my thoughts!)

Be well,


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