Don’t Let Questions Get in the Way of Discovery


As a follow up to my last post, I feel it’s important to float the idea that often, very often, perhaps most often, the greatest learning comes when you ask no questions at all.  You simply observe and listen.  And possibly stimulate a conversation by making  a statement and seeing where that takes you.

Ethnographers and oral historians use this framework successfully.  Discovery truly comes when you witness and process, not necessarily ask questions and record answers.

Create questions with care.  Each time you create a question, you greatly increase the chances that you will narrow what you will learn.