Ask Great Questions and Get the Answers You Need

July 8th, 2013 by
Great Questions: How To Ask Them

Be inquisitive. Be curious. Ask great questions. Growing a multi-level marketing is about building relationships and expanding your network, but what happens when you run into a problem? Asking for advice from people who have been in your situation before is an excellent way getting past some of those bumps in the road. But not all questions receive the right answers. When seeking advice for how to achieve success, it all depends on what your question is and how you pose it. Ask great questions, get great answers.

In the short clip below, Derek Halpern of Social Triggers offers advice on how to ask the questions that will get you the answers you need. He offers a three-step process in which viewers can construct a better question and grow their business. This process can enable viewers to prepare themselves the right way for success.

The Three-Part Formula for Asking Great Questions

Part 1: Create the Setting

Describe your business. Make sure to explain what sort of business you’re in, what your product is, and who your ideal customers are. You want to make sure to give as much background information as possible in order to receive the best advice. For instance, if your target demographic is women, you wouldn’t want someone to offer advice on how to market your product towards men. But how does this person know this information? By telling them. By creating a specific setting in which your mentors can become acquainted.

Part 2: Construct the Plot

Asking the right question is about being prepared, taking time to explain your situation and any issues you’re having. Make sure to be specific and give as many details as possible. What has worked for you in the past? What hasn’t worked? What problems are you having and when did you encounter them? Creating a very specific outline will help your mentors vividly imagine your situation as if they were in your shoes, and this will allow them to offer the advice you seek.

Part 3: The Direct Conclusion

Make sure to ask the question you want answered. As Derek points out, this may seem obvious, but often times advice seekers will lose sight of the straight path and lose time by beating around the bush. Now that you’ve taken the time to describe your business and your problems, be direct in asking your question. Be clear. Be confident that your question worthy of great advice, and you will receive great advice. Great questions lead to great answers.

Put This Process to Use

Follow Derek’s advice by preparing yourself to ask the exact question you want to be answered, and you’ll quickly start receiving the advice you need, whatever your issue may be. Don’t be afraid to take your time; make sure to offer a setting, to describe your issues in detail, and to ask the question you intend to ask. Come prepared by outlining your own question before you pose it. Asking great questions will communicate to leaders that you value their time and often result in them working with you directly more regularly. Ask great questions, expand your inquisitive mind, and pass this valuable advice on to your downline.

J. Audrey Hoy is the CatalystMLM team’s resident wordsmith. With a master’s of fine arts degree from New York University, J. Audrey has served as an Adjunct Instructor of Creative Writing at NYU and she currently works as the Content Editor and contributor at CatalystMLM. Originally hailing from the Chicagoland area, J. Audrey has previously resided in Iowa City, Brooklyn and currently lives in Burlington, Vermont. She spends her free time reading novels, writing, exploring the Burlington area and enjoying the outdoors.

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