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Ask a Question – A Simple Task – But Many People Screw it Up

Asking a Question

This should be a simple thing to do. You ask someone something, and then, you stop talking, and let them answer.

If this is so sasking-a-questionimple, then why do so many people in the media mess it up? The next time you see an interview on TV, watch closely. The interviewer will ask the question, and then try to answer the question before the person asked is given the chance.

During football season last year, I was listening to an NFL post-game interview of the player who was named the player of the game. He was the kicker. The interviewer asked a question by saying, “How do you guys prepare for a big game? I know that the kicker and members of the specialty teams belong to an exclusive club. You probably do not prepare for a game like the rest of the team, I was just wondering how you guys prepare for a game . . .if you go through the same drills . . .if you . . .” Finally, I said, “Man, be quiet and let him answer the question!”

When someone asks a question, and keeps on talking, I laugh, but I also get irritated.

Most members of the media have no idea how to ask a question. Only three people in the media know how to ask questions:

“Now, do you know how to ask a question? Before you answer this, I want you to understand that I am not trying to insult your intelligence, or make you out to be uneducated, but what I really want you to understand before answering is, . . . .”


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