Asking the Right Question will Ultimately Help you Through any Problem.
A problem is the difference between your current and desired conditions. It can result from new knowledge, or it might come from an unfulfilled dream. When you identify the difference between what you have and what you want, you have defined your problem and can begin to develop a plan to achieve your goal.
How many times have you jumped straight to the resolution of a problem, only to realize later that, if you had first asked questions and listened, you could have come up with a far better solution?
In addition, have you ever thought that you weren’t going to achieve your goals? And each day you wonder what else can you do to generate conversions and sales.
Why is it that every new software and training program seems to be the one you have been looking for until you realise that it is teaching the same things as all the others. That the software is only half of what you thought it would be.
It’s so frustrating!
And you start to regret the time and money you have wasted only to be at the same place as were before. You want to make progress but all you feel is overwhelmed and disappointed.
If you feel this way then l can tell you that l do share your anxieties.
That is until l started to ask the right questions l needed answers to. These answers helped me identify what l really wanted to achieve. I soon realized that these questions defined the problems I was facing and they led to a clear vision of the issues involved.
It was easier to run through multiple scenarios to their conclusion and find the best answer that gave me the growth and profit I had been searching for.
This new awareness allowed me to see possibilities for improvement and my “problem(s)” began to be solved.
When you identify the difference between what you have and what you want, you have defined your problem and can begin to develop a plan to achieve your goal.
The difference between success and failure is knowing that you’ll solve the “real problem” and not the unimportant ones.
Asking the right question will ultimately help you find your way through a problem. It can help you find the right customers, avoid future difficulties, and exceed your competitors.
Questions also act as a filter that will help you make sense of the key elements of a problem that can lead you to successful outcomes.
Most business situations require thoughtful assessment. To reach a solution, finding the answers to the “What? And the Why” is vital.
What is broken…?
What is working…?
What needs improvement…?
What must be changed…?
What will have the biggest impact…?
And the “Why?”
Why did this happen…?
Why have we been using this process…?
Why is our customer considering the competition…?
Why are we losing this market…?
Why is our product third instead of first…?
These questions are critical to establishing clarity and developing a clear plan of action.
Unfortunately, most people don’t take time to frame the questions beforehand or to ask questions that will develop the right scenario to advance the business.
Successful questions can be potent and inspiring.
They are open-ended and not leading. They are more often “What?” or “How?” questions rather than “Why?” questions.
Why questions are good for soliciting information, but can make people suspicious so be thoughtful in your use of them. Also, be an obliging questioner, wait for the answer, don’t provide it yourself.
Asking the right question is often the key to breakthrough business success. With a properly-framed question, finding an elegant answer becomes almost straightforward.
It is also essential for setting an effective business strategy. And the effective strategy needs to be framed around the precise question.
These questions need to be framed around a problem or challenge.
How can you find the right questions to ask?
Good questions are clear, even if they are broad. They need to be linked not only to an objective but also to competitive issues, the challenges posed by current approaches, decision criteria, and the obstacles to adopting new solutions.
A further advantage of asking the right question is being able to rank the quality of answers with confidence. It’s very easy to start doing things without asking profound questions about the problem only to discover later that you worked on solving the wrong problem.
Sometimes we don’t have enough time to pause and reflect in the midst of distractions, speed and intensity of a modern workday.
Therefore here is a list of 10 questions that will help you to solve problems more effectively and get outstanding results.
Whenever you deal with a major problem or challenge, ask these questions.
1. How would I prioritize the problems I face today?
Solve all problems one at a time.
2. In a single sentence, what is the problem?
A decision is a choice you make between two or more alternatives:
3. Am I emotionally or physically fatigued?
It may take you hours of struggle to find a solution that you might otherwise discover in minutes.
4. What are the facts related to this problem?
Peter Drucker’s words: “Once the facts are clear, the decisions jump at you.”
5. Why does the problem exist?
What caused this problem, and how can we keep it from ever happening again?
6. What are the 3 greatest resources I can bring to bear on this problem?
Write down the best resources you know or can find.
7. Who can help me solve this problem?
An expert might be able to help you.
8. Should I spend more money to reduce the time needed to solve this problem?
You can buy the tools or hire the people to help shorten the amount of time it will take to find a solution. Some problems are so critical they must be solve immediately.
9. Of all the potential solutions to this problem, which one has the greatest potential to be right? And which one involves the lowest risk?
Evaluate all possible solutions before deciding, and then go to the single best solution.
10. What policy would keep this problem from recurring?
“It’s not that they can’t see the solution. They can’t see the problem.” – G.K. Chesterton
Few people can give a clear definition
Here are some QUESTIONS relating to internet marketing I asked Mr Charlie Page owner of the Directory of Ezines on ways to help internet marketers.
DIRECTORY OF EZINES
· What is the most important problem the Directory of Ezines might solve?
“The main problems the DOE solves are problems of time and money.
When it comes time to send an ad via email you want to send that ad to a list you know will be responsive.”
At the Directory Of Ezines we say “we do the research so you don’t have to”. And this is just the type of research we do.
Members save time because they can view the listings in the DOE to find ezines well-suited to their offer.
Many publishers offer a DOE member-only discount. And that helps solve the problem of saving money.
· What are the most important features and benefits of the Directory of Ezines?
There are two features that new online marketers will find helpful. First, our database of ezines will help them save time when needing to buy advertising.
Second, the considerable amount of teaching inside the DOE about online advertising, solo ads, tracking and testing and more.
- Can you describe a particular instance how someone could use these features?
Sure can. Let’s say a person is on a forum and hears about “solo ads”. You just HAVE to run solo ads they are told by a coach, mentor or fellow forum member.
- But what is an “ezine”? And what are “solo ads”?
These terms do not exist outside of the Internet. They are online-marketing specific terms that people find confusing.
Our teaching information will give members a way to understand the territory of online marketing so they can get done what they need to get done more quickly.
I like to say the DOE is like a map. If you want to get to a new destination you don’t leave home without a map. And advertising in ezines without the DOE is just like leaving home without that map.
- How would using the DOE improve their position in developing a stronger more successful business?
The DOE will help them reach audiences they may be overlooking now. The combined listings in the DOE represent millions of readers. Not all online marketers will be familiar with all of our listings.
And the DOE will help them save time by quickly finding the right ezines in the right niche.
- How has the Directory of Ezines help solve problem(s) with business marketing and online advertising?
Testimonials speak for themselves. When people like Yanik Sliver, Jim Daniels and Ali Brown send you unsolicited testimonials you know you are doing something right.
- How would you best describe the DOE
We are like a yellow pages (or search engine) for online newsletters (also called “ezines) that sell advertising for a fee. We can help you find the right ezine to promote your product in quickly and easily.
- Who, in your opinion, would be best suited to using the DOE?
Anyone who needs to buy cost-effective advertising and wants to do that in the email marketing world.
And anyone who wants to build their list quickly too.
Where big social media channels and search engines say “no” to advertise a squeeze page ezine say a great big “YES!”
- What are the specific features and benefits that the DOE has to offer someone starting out?
Our core education will help end confusion about online marketing and help them find the right advertising sources quickly.
To be more specific, because we categorize our listings members save huge amounts of time.
- What do you see as the implications of applying the features and benefits
What we do best is clear up the confusion and help people find affordable advertising sources quickly. In today’s world no one has enough time or money.
We help members save both.
The DOE is dedicated to helping members buy ads the common sense way. And that means knowing what an ezine is all about, being able to subscribe to it yourself and see what you get, and being able to know how they build their list.
The Directory of Ezines is one of the best offers provided to all online marketers who want to expand their influence on the Web. The fact that you can access a large email database of several members of the directory is a big help already.
This only means that if you are part of the majority, you will have access to a number of valuable information. You can choose a particular niche from which you will get the information.
For anyone who is interested in intensifying their marketing strategy, Directory of Ezines is an effective tool for your need.
There are some who have tried using it and as a result, they have successfully benefited from the decision of utilizing the directory for their business.
Blog by Andrey Sergeyev