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Being able to listen well and ask questions effectively is a core skill of every role in the workplace. In some roles, this becomes a crucial skill for successful job performance. Despite its importance misunderstandings frequently arise because people make assumptions based upon limited information or simply misunderstand because they haven’t asked the right questions.

This interesting, engaging and informative session will help participants develop their skills in gathering valuable information from others. They will learn fascinating and useful techniques for asking precision questions and facilitative listening. They will discover why it’s essential not to make assumptions and avoid guessing what someone else is going to say. They will learn the importance of gaining clarity by asking questions that turn implicit communication into explicit facts. They will also acquire valuable techniques they can use to ensure they listen effectively in a variety of business situations. Participants leave with simple and practical techniques they can apply immediately.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Recognise the importance of preparing questions that are focused on their objective
  • Know how to make sure key messages are communicated clearly and effectively
  • Learn how to avoid misunderstandings and making assumptions
  • Be able to use precision questioning techniques to elicit the information required
  • Have acquired techniques they can use to ensure they are listening effectively in all situations

Please note that these outcomes are a guide only and the precise outcomes will vary with the delivery method and duration of the session.

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This outline provides a great flavour of the skills and knowledge your people will benefit from by attending any Speak First training or coaching on this topic – whether standard, tailored or bespoke.

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Working in partnership with you, we develop bespoke solutions that incorporate this, and other topics, to create custom solutions for your organisation’s specific needs

Sample Participant Journey

The learning solutions featured on our website can all stand on their own as high-quality and high-impact learning interventions for your team – however, they are at their best when delivered as part of a wider learning programme, helping you achieve your strategic imperatives and your people benefit from much deeper and expansive learning journeys. We work with you as consultants, collaborators and design partners to establish learning outcomes and create the perfect programme - below is an example of what your people’s learning journey might look like.


Overall scope of programme agreed with client
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
In-between work: on-the-job assignments
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
Facilitated learning group sessions (group coaching)
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
Programme closing session – a celebration of success
Continuous learning support, virtual or face-to-face

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