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The art of asking questions

Did you ever think of the act of question asking as a skill? Actually, I never did until my time with Catcher Media. How can something so basic be so fraught with possibilities - both good and bad? Over the last several months, I have learned that a good question can open up wells of emotion, anecdotes, unwritten histories and genuine human connection - whereas a bad one could create an awkward or even antagonistic atmosphere, shutting down conversation and distancing you from your interviewee. A lot of what I have learned has come via osmosis, from watching Marsha and Julia conduct oral history interviews, but a lot of it has also come from direct experience and some very good advice. So, what are the key lessons I have learned so far?…