Learn to frame precise questions to get better answers
and take control of business converstions
This one-day seminar is designed to help participants
increase their problem-solving and decision-making abilities.
Developed from more than ten years of research at Stanford University,
Precision Questioning & Answering (PQ&A) workshops have been delivered since
1994 to over 16,000 participants worldwide, including IT industry
leaders such as Oracle, Microsoft and HP.
PQ&A is a one-question-one-answer discussion format used to ensure
better thinking and solutions. This technique stresses how to
organize thinking at a profound level and stay at the core of
an issue despite increasing volumes of information.
In PQ&A, the questioner uses precise questions to quickly get
to the heart of an issue, exposing problems in thinking and
key unknowns. The seminar is designed to create a radical increase
in productivity and a more efficient use of time. Read
Who Should Attend
This workshop is ideally suited to anyone whose work involves
complex problem solving, or who wants to improve his/her meeting
experience by having less reporting and more time spent on critical
thinking. Business Analysts will find this course provides excellent
questioning techniques to add to their toolkit. Managers who
want to efficiently investigate and understand the thinking
of the people who report to them would also benefit.
Benefits and Learning
Students are encouraged to come to the workshop prepared to
discuss a recommended solution to a problem they've been trying
to solve. This needs to be a problem they are willing to discuss
with another class participant who may or may not be from the
same company. Issues under non-disclosure should be avoided.
Learning topics include:
- Solving more complex business problems
- Quickly formulating precise questions for any issue
- Surfacing unknown issues, which then become action items
- Accelerating decision making
- Engaging in more effective interaction with executives
- Get the Full
Plus, receive valuable takeaways. The workshop
manual supplies a complete guide for developing precise questions
(PQ) as well as providing precise answers (PA). In addition,
a quick reference laminated card that summarizes the 7 categories
of PQ and the rules for PA is provided, along with a wallet
Some comments from past participants:
“Will take my requirements gathering approach to
“Taking away tools I can use! Gained insight
into how I think (strength and weaknesses). Really Useful.”
"Good training on critical thinking. I will begin using
"This has a direct impact on my day-to-day activities"
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