The NSLS News
Letter from the President
Dear NSLS Member,
Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley and author of Tough Things First, once wrote, “There is an old adage that says one should seek to understand before seeking to be understood. I say, we have two ears and only one mouth for a reason—because we need to listen twice as much as we speak.”
Mastering the skill of communication is essential for leaders and the key to doing so is asking the right question at the right time. Here are a few tips on how to ask questions when you need specific answers:
2. Don’t put the listener on the spot: The information you gather will be more meaningful when the listener doesn’t feel trapped by the question.
3. Ask open-ended questions: These provide the listener greater comfort, as they are not forced to make partial choices such as “yes/no” or “A/B.”
As for those moments when things are headed even further south, try asking yourself these five questions:
2. What if it’s not the end but a new beginning?
3. What if the answer is just over the next hill?
4. What if I need this to prepare me for the next chapter?
5. What will I tell my grandchildren about this?
As you return from vacation or summer break, I hope these tips on asking the right questions will help set you up for another successful academic year.
The National Society of Leadership and Success
Continue reading below in the Monthly Motivation section for Why asking the right questions is so important, and how to do it.
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On July 5th, Student President LaKishya Armstrong and the NSLS chapter at University of the Incarnate Word were featured on KENS Around Town for their recent Red Cross- Blood Donation service event. Click here to watch.
SCC students recognized
The National Society of Leadership and Success chapter at Surry Community College recently inducted 79 students into the organization during its annual Induction Ceremony in the Grand Hall of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology.
Click here to read the full article.
Chapter Induction: Northeast Lakeview College
The NSLS chapter at Northeast Lakeview College honored its 81 newly inducted members at their Spring 2018 ceremony on April 19th.
To view more images from this event, visit us on Flickr.
― Tony Robbins
“Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers.”
― Robert Half
By: Dr. Fiona McPherson
This applies particularly to public debate and communication, even to something that may appear as ‘factual’ as an infographic presenting data. But the data that are presented, and the way they are presented, govern the conclusions you take away, and they depend on the question the designer thought she was supposed to answer, not on the questions you might be interested in. But so much of the time, our thoughts are shaped by the presentation, and we come away having lost sight of our questions.
In research and study, decision-making and problem-solving, the difficulty can be even more insidious, because we ourselves may think we came up with the questions. But asking the right question is crucial, and it should be no surprise that getting it right on the first attempt is not something to be assumed! Moreover, what might be the right question at the beginning of your task may not still be the right question once you’ve acquired more understanding.
In other words, framing questions is not only a first crucial step — it’s also something you need to revisit, repeatedly.
So how do you know if your questions are the most effective ones for your task? How do you test them?