Jeff Wetzler, Author of ASK

Your World of Creativity

Jun 10 2024 • 20 mins

In this episode of "Your World of Creativity," host Mark Stinson welcomes Jeff Wetzler, author of the new book "Ask."

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@askapproach on Instagram

Jeff delves into the simple yet profound idea of asking questions to unlock hidden wisdom and insights from those around us. He explores the psychological and practical barriers to asking and provides a structured approach to overcoming them. This episode is packed with actionable advice and reflective insights that emphasize the transformative power of curiosity and inquiry in both leadership and life.

Key Takeaways:

- Choose Curiosity: Embrace a mindset of curiosity to unlock new perspectives and insights.

- Make It Safe: Create a safe environment for open and honest communication.

- Pose Quality Questions: Ask questions that elicit valuable information and insights.

- Listen to Learn: Practice active listening to truly understand and absorb what others are saying.

- Reflect and Reconnect: Reflect on the information gathered and reconnect with the person to acknowledge their contribution.

Pull-out Quote:

"When you ask someone for directions, maybe you're not just going to find out the fastest route, but also, 'Hey, by the way, there's this great coffee shop that you should stop by.'" - Jeff Wetzler

Highlights:

- Barriers to Asking: Jeff discusses common reasons people avoid asking questions, such as fear of appearing ignorant or imposing.

- The Power of Curiosity: Emphasizing the importance of staying curious to continually learn from those around us.

- Creating a Safe Space: Tips on building trust and ensuring others feel comfortable sharing their honest opinions.

- Quality Questions: Examples and strategies for asking questions that lead to meaningful conversations and insights.

- Reflective Practice: The importance of reflecting on the information gathered and closing the feedback loop with the other person.

Join Mark and Jeff as they explore how the simple act of asking can lead to unexpected breakthroughs and deeper connections. Tune in to learn how to harness the power of questions in your personal and professional life.

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