“Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers.” – Robert Half
Lawyers are taught to be experts; having the right answer is a fundamental part of our role. But what did we learn about asking the right questions?
I don’t recall learning very much in law school about how to ask good questions. We learned about the difference between closed, open and leading questions. Closed questions required a yes/no answer; leading questions suggested the (desired) answer.
The clear implication was to avoid the truly “open” questions. In fact, we were taught never to ask a . . . [more]