15 things you will never hear a Master Questioner say

It’s gotten so I can tell I’m in the presence of a Master Questioner within a few minutes of meeting her or him.

They aren’t necessarily the loudest person in the room nor the one with the most followers. They don’t sit in the lotus position with a beatific smile on their face nor do they riddle others with questions. (Although all of the above are possible.)

How can I tell I’m in the presence of a Master Questioner? It’s in what they don’t say, as this humorous video shows. When they meet a challenge, Master Questioners don’t shrug and make excuses. They’re dynamic and engaged, thinking “Why not do this?” and “Why shouldn’t it be me who does it?”

Watch the video (created by Laura E. Kelly) and find out if you, or someone you might know, is a Master Questioner. I’m still working my own way up to that lofty pedestal.

Footnote: Actually, at least two of the folks in this video are Master Questioners, even though they’re depicted saying things a Master Questioner would never say. (I just couldn’t resist using the great footage of them shrugging). Send me a note if you can identify which two people I’m talking about. 

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About the Author

Innovation expert and questionologist Warren Berger has studied hundreds of the world’s foremost innovators, entrepreneurs, and creative thinkers to learn how they ask questions, generate original ideas, and solve problems. He is the author or co-author of 12 books, including his three books about the power of questioning:  target="_blank">BEAUTIFUL QUESTIONS IN THE CLASSROOM: Transforming Classrooms Into Cultures of Curiosity and Inquiry, THE BOOK OF BEAUTIFUL QUESTIONS: The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect, and Lead, and A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. Warren’s writing appears regularly in Psychology Today, Fast CompanyHarvard Business Review, and The New York Times. He lives in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @GlimmerGuy and subscribe to his blog posts.

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