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Ask Permission to Ask Questions and Take Notes

by Richard Dickerson
(North Carolina)

Absolutely is a lost art. I always ask permission to ask questions, followed by asking permission to make notes.

This directs my attention to listening with my ears, mind and soul demonstrating my total attention to the talker.

The results are complete trust from the talker, followed by lot's of information.

Richard Dickerson
Vistage Speaker Executive Sales Consultant/Presenter



I remember Bill Brooks talking about that on sales call - and when I starting doing it - well I had powerful, informative and more successful meetings.

You are so right - asking permission gets the other person interested and ready to talk (so few people want to hear what we have to say - when someone asks if they can ask questions - it sets a different tone) and then our taking notes, does exactly what you said - gets us ready to really tune in AND NOT BUTT IN! :)

Thank you Richard for sharing this... it truly is an art to tune into to others... and the process you shared works!

All the Best, and More!

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by: Anonymous

This is an absolutely entertaining post plus subject is very interesting on which anyone can discuss a lot. You know Richard Dickerson! Whenever I write my essay. Alwasy try including every those thing by which anybody can give fully concentration during checking. So here I noticed this procedure in this article. Good job.

Apr 26, 2014
You are wasting our time.
by: Anonymous

If you ask permission to ask a question then you have A: Already asked one, and B: Wasted everyone's time by asking it.

If anyone on any side of resolution and results have questions, spontaneous asking should be the norm. Spontaneous and involved dialog is what fosters resolution.

Asking permission to ask questions is illogical, offensive, detrimental to the goals of all involves, and wastes time on goals of resolution.

There is no good reason to ask permission to ask s question.

This is a growing, serious, pet peeve for many.

Oct 24, 2012
by: Anonymous

omg i love what you wrote there.

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