Storytelling : “Have You Thought Of … ?” Is Not A Good Question

Story-eliciting is equally, if not more important than Storytelling. It gives you valuable insights.

You agree that you have to talk less and ask a few more questions to elicit the right stories.

But in your heart you are pretty sure you know the answer to the problem you are eliciting the stories for. You are experienced enough to know what could have gone wrong.

So, you decide to hurry the process of story eliciting  by asking questions like,

” Have you thought of … ?”

” What about … ?”

” Did you consider … ?”

Stop manoeuvring the story eliciting process  instead create tension with silence. Mostly, in our time poor world we are in a hurry to get the answers and in that hurry we often end up getting incorrect stories, with incorrect insights which never really solve the problem for which we started eliciting stories at the first place.

Silence is full of answers you just have to be patient for them to surface.

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