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What's the Best Question to Ask in a Meeting?

How do you maximize productivity and foster engagement by asking better questions in meetings? What are some of the best questions you've asked...or answered?

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Rachel Fazio

I am trying to make a better practice of being fully present in asking folks how they are doing and a bit of a catch up on what is happening in their lives. Always helps to know context and to start every meeting on a great foot.

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Marissa B

That's a good way to get to know folks you may wind up seeing often in meetings, especially if you share a project.

yowise profile image

What's your opinion?/ What do you think?/ What's your perspective/ How do you feel about that?
It really depends on the meeting, the people you are with, but I consider that asking the other party to share their perspective could open possibilities.

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Sohail Pathan

Why are we doing this meeting :/ Kidding!!!

I want to stretch on productivity - how I make the most out of any meetings.

  1. I focus on the main topics being discussed in the meeting and take notes to keep track of important details.

  2. If I don't understand what the speaker is saying, I ask them to repeat themselves. It's important to clarify things so that everyone is on the same page.

  3. I use a tool to generate a meeting summary. Even if I miss something or skip over a detail, this tool helps me create notes using Meeting Transcribe. You can even build this tool for yourself here:

That's all from me! I'm looking forward to hearing some great suggestions from everyone in this thread.

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Stefan Moore

Let's have another meeting to discuss the meeting that we just had about the meeting.

Wait you didn't say "What Isn't a Question to Ask in a Meeting?"

A good question is everyone aware of what we/you are now tasked with?

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José Pablo Ramírez Vargas

"Why was I invited to this?"

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Renan Ferro

A good question is:

What does the app need to generate real value for you and your customers?!

And also (this is a bit funny and I only do it in my head 🤣):

Is this call really important or can we resolve it with just an email?!

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Jon Randy 🎖️ • Edited

This meeting is not relevant to me, can I leave?

This was highly encouraged by the CEO of a company I previously worked at, and so it should be. There's nothing worse than sitting there, bored, in a meeting that is benefitting neither you or the company.

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Luke • Edited

Someone in the meeting: Does Apple have a Window?
Me: Nope, but they have Gates 😏
-- J4F --

yowise profile image

That's a good one 😂

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Oshrat Nir

Why? or the 5 whys as Simon Sinek taught us.
It helps challenge traditional thinking by forcing us to be introspective.

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Jean-Michel 🕵🏻‍♂️ Fayard

What is the worst thing that would happen if we canceled the meeting ?

In order to see if why we actually need it and focus people on that :)

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Christophe Colombier

Could we agree we spent 1h all together and this meeting could have been an email or a slack channel ? if so, then let's cancel this weekly meeting, and go back to work.

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Ticha Godwill Nji

Addressing the aspect of due dates.