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Training Methods: Questioning

Questioning enhances two-way communication in a training environment. When used appropriately, questioning improves trainee participation and allows the trainer to check for understanding. Please define the following question types and describe when each is used most effectively (with examples):

Closed-ended questions
Open-ended questions
Overhead questions
Direct questions
Relay questions
Revise questions

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Closed-ended questions are those questions that can be answered with a simple 'yes' or 'no'. Consider an example where you are the trainer for a retailer that employs a staff of outside sales persons. During a training session, you might be attempting to inform them of the company's new route management system and how it will benefit them by helping them to make the most efficient use of their time. You could begin by posing the question directly to one of the salesmen, 'Do you see as many customers in a day as you would like to?' to which he or she would reply 'yes' or 'no'. Closed-ended questions are particularly useful when you want to lead you audience or are pressed for time such as when there are many in attendance and a lengthy, individual discussion is not practical.

Open-ended questions are those questions that cannot be answered with a simple 'yes' or 'no'. Continuing the example from above, you might pose the question to one of the sales persons, 'If you could do more in one area of your job, what would it be?'. These questions are useful when there are only a few trainees in attendance and developing a system that involves their input is needed. These questions are usually only applicable for smaller ...

Solution Summary

Different types of questioning methods are defined.