Ask More

The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change

 Ask More

Author: Frank Sesno
Pub Date: January 2017
Print Edition: $25.00
Print ISBN: 9780814436714
Page Count: 272
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814436721

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What hidden skill links successful people in all walks of life? What helps them make informed decisions, inspire creativity, and forge stronger connections? The answer is surprisingly simple: They know how to ask the right questions at the right time.

Questions help us break down barriers, pinpoint solutions, and explore new ways of doing things. Yet most of us assert more than we ask. We talk more than we listen. Imagine how much more effective we would be if we flipped the equation.

Ask More puts questions at the center of every conversation. Author Frank Sesno, an Emmy Award–winning journalist, has spent decades questioning global leaders and everyday people alike. He draws on his formidable interviewing skills to break down the art of inquiry into eleven categories of questions, each designed for a different purpose.

Ask More recounts dozens of stories of people who have used questions to discover and excel. Whether you’re trying to manage a project, solve a problem, or confront an adversary, these stories are inspiring. They show how to ask, what to listen for, and how to link your questions to your goals.

• Colin Powell shows how strategic questions can define a mission and forecast success—or failure.

• Turnaround expert Steve Miller uses diagnostic questions to get to the heart of a company’s problems.

• NPR’s Terry Gross digs deeper with empathy questions.

• Journalist Anderson Cooper uses confrontational questions to hold people accountable.

• Creative questions led a couple of techie dreamers to imagine Uber and a young mayor to challenge history.

• The Osborne Group uses mission questions to help nonprofits fundraise more successfully.

• Dr. Anthony Fauci posed methodical scientific questions to help crack the HIV/AIDS mystery.

• And many more.

In an age of instant answers, fly-by facts, and relentless clickbait, Sesno makes a passionate appeal to observe carefully, listen intently, and ask more. He reveals a process of inquiry that can change your life, and might even change the world.

Frank Sesno is a former CNN anchor, White House correspondent, and Washington bureau chief, and is now director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. He has interviewed leaders from around the world, including five US presidents, and is the creator of Planet Forward, an innovative storytelling platform seeking solutions to some of the world’s toughest challenges.

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