This weeks program on asking quality questions has been 6 years in the making. My younger child could have started school in either 2008 or 2009. So I said at the time to my wife "Give me one good reason we should pay childcare fees for another year", and we couldn't. But it turns out there was a good reason, especially when we then asked the question "Why would we deliberately make him the youngest smallest boy in the class". It was at this moment I realised that getting the answer right was largely meaningless, if you don't get the question right.
What prompted me this year to do something, was reading about a framework called “precision questioning”, which is a framework for asking questions around a topic when you have to make decision in a new area, don't have much time to do it and the outcomes are significant. Clearly there is a lot I don't know about questioning!
Since most of us spend our lives training to get better at answering questions not forming them, I thought it would be great to put together a panel of people whom are trained to ask questions - namely a scientist, a journalist and the person who teaches Police Detectives in Victoria their craft. Enjoy!