Questions

Questions are a great way tool to: steer and generate discussion, gather overall group consensus, establish interest in a particular subject, gather experiences, interact with your audience and engage in conversation.

Are there different types of questions?

There are two basic types of question - ‘open’ and ‘closed’ and they are used in different ways depending on the aim for your group/ discussion or presentation.

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Open Questions

Open questions get people thinking, talking and informing and explaining!   They cannot easily be answered with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and often start with:

  • What….
  • Why….
  • Who…
  • Where….
  • How…..
  • Talk me through….
  • Explain more about…..

Closed Questions

Closed questions are often answered with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’.  Use them to involve your audience, guage their knowledge on a topic and round up discussions.

Closed questions start with:

  • Do you think….
  • Is…..
  • Should….
  • Will you…..
  • Have you…..
  • Did…..

And remember – to keep conversation flowing, closed questions can easily be converted into open questions.

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