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Publisher's Summary

What hidden skill links successful people in all walks of life? What helps them make smart decisions? The answer is surprisingly simple: They know how to ask the right questions at the right time.

Questions help us break down barriers, discover secrets, solve puzzles, and imagine new ways of doing things. But few of us know how to question in a methodical way. Emmy-award-winning journalist and media expert Frank Sesno aims to change that with Ask More.

From questions that cement relationships, to those that help us plan for the future, each chapter in Ask More explores a different type of inquiry. By the end of the book, you'll know what to ask and when, what you should listen for, and what you can expect as the outcome. Packed with illuminating interviews, the book explains:

  • How the Gates Foundation used strategic questions to plan its battle against malaria
  • How turnaround expert Steve Miller uses diagnostic questions to get to the heart of a company's problems
  • How NPR's Terry Gross uses empathy questions to dig deeper
  • How journalist Anderson Cooper uses confrontational questions to hold people accountable
  • How creative questions animated a couple of techie dreamers to brainstorm Uber

Both intriguing and inspiring, Ask More shows how questions convey interest, feed curiosity, and reveal answers that can change the course of both your professional and personal life.

©2017 Frank Sesno (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with AMACOM, a division of American Management Association International, New York.

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Good questioning techniques to gain knowledge

Where does Ask More rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is an entertaining book that teaches the art of questioning based on the experience of many successful professionals including Generals, Doctors, Journalists, Scientists, Politicians and others.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were several good questioning examples including General Colin Powell, Frank's Family members, and the Aids research.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, when describes his mother.

Any additional comments?

This book is a good source to learn about different questioning techniques based on situations and relationships.

46 of 46 people found this review helpful

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Part story part informational

Overall I enjoyed the audio book. There was a change in content between informational dialogue and stories that supported the content. Each chapter focused on a different type of questioning, although it was hard to gain a clear grasp of the concepts without further examples.

The legacy chapter was the most intriguing and provoked the most thought. The author talks with his dying mother and interviews her albeit avoiding harder questions that he wishes he would have discussed.

Enlightening book about the power of questions and the ability to progress by asking the right questions.

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Just an exposition, not a how to

I can summarize this book in a few words: Asking the right questions is good. There are no instructions or exercises to help you develop the skills to ask these types of questions.

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Really enjoyed this!

This was a good read. I appreciated the authors great speaking voice and the insight he offered in asking questions that helped you know more and to encourage people to know each other more. If you work with the public or in the helping vocations I recommend this book! Gigi Hill

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Thought provoking book

Well written and especially love the exercises at the end. Very very very very practical.

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How to ask the right questions

This book is for individuals who really want to hone their questioning techniques and delve into topics (like a reporter). There are chapters for the different categories of questions: diagnostic, strategic, empathy, bridging, confrontational, creativity, mission, scientific, interview, entertaining, and legacy. Within each chapter are profiles of individuals (many well-known), how they employ various questioning techniques, and the successful outcomes of persistently asking the right questions. There is a wide variety of examples spanning different industries and circumstances. Not all the chapters will be pertinent to a reader but it does illustrate how good questions can get the heart of a situation.

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great option to get people talking

loved the great resource on the book to help get more info out of someone.

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ADD TO: THAT WHICH WAS PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN

What made the experience of listening to Ask More the most enjoyable?

My need to be more knowledgeable about asking meaningful questions.

Then to practice doing so.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ask More?

The author's ability to transfer this information thru story telling.

Which character – as performed by Frank Sesno and Wolf Blitzer – was your favorite?

The empathic phychotherapist woman.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

NO! The whole book was a most moving experience .

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Ask correctly

This is a book about how to ask, how to avoid confrontation questions and build bridge questions. A book you can listen and read more than once to achieve the goal of asking questions correctly from jobs to daily life.

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Purchased book after Podcast Interview, enjoyed it

It does what it's set out to do. Although its no Harry Potter, it's educational

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