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Ask A Complete Question And Get A Complete Answer

Often a simple question can clarify a decision, or even introduce new ideas to your company. However, to get the most out of the Coaching Forum at Applying Strategic Relations make your questions focused on your specific desired outcome.

Before your ask anything, ask yourself:

  1. What is it I want to know?
  2. What will I do with the answer?
  3. What are my objectives?
  4. What outcome am I looking to achieve?

Frame your question to provide as much detail as possible. It is even useful to provide a short background paragraph prior to your question (perhaps to setup the context) -- Don't assume anything.

It is important to leave out any specifics that might contain proprietary information, but don't leave out any details that could contribute to an accurate answer. Often I get questions like, "How can I increase my profits?", when a better question is "How can I increase profits on product X with customer segment Y?" proceeded by a short description of the product and segment.

If you don't get the answer you want, or something you can act on right away, the "Coaching Forum" allows you to ask for more information, clarification, or most appropriately provide feedback about actions taken. Don't expect the consultant you are working with to read your mind, nor provide you a complete answer the first time around.

In this interactive environment, you might even get a question back. Take advantage of the discussion abilities of the Coaching Forum and you will get more than you can imagine from the experience.

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By Justin Hitt at June 22, 2003 2:52 AM  Subscribe in a reader


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