called Austin, had a winter
sled run, beguiling lagoon,
come upon it unexpectedly—
playing this genteel game,
surrounded by a blue-collar
neighborhood. I gaped at first,
then settled in on a bench,
drawn still as salt, an observer
not forgotten to this day,
occurs to me how little we ask questions of others
is in stark contrast to do so to judge, impress, stall
simply asking “Is this OK with you?” or “I think
you’ll like this. Do you?“
how a question well-timed or placed can keep
us from going astray and win a
friend at the same time.
about this? “I see you’re very effective. Tell me why
listening is the most underutilized way of asking
a pertinent question and
gaining a satisfying answer.
other words, be patient; people often will answer your
question in a better way if
you’ll wait till they “get there.”
© 2013 Allan Cox, Allan Cox & Associates Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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