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Does this question fill you with dread?

Imagine that you’re leading an online team meeting. You’ve done your introduction and shared some ideas to get things started. Now you want team members to join in.

Before you even ask, you can feel a heavy feeling building up in the pit of your stomach. You know what the answer is going to be.

“Does anyone have any questions?”

Half the people have their cameras off so you’re flying blind. Others have that ‘dying on the inside’ look, staring blankly at the camera. With some, you’re not sure whether you’re looking at a live video or a frozen screen.

You smile expectantly into your web camera. Maybe today will be the day when someone surprises you and actually says something.

But then it arrives.

That awkward silence. You can almost hear the sound of the sand blowing across the desert. You wait for what feels like hours, but it’s really only a few seconds. Then, you crack. You make something up to fill the silence and eventually move into ‘presentation mode’. You talk and the team listens (or at least pretends to listen).

Questions hold the keys to connection. But how do you know what questions to ask?

The answer is easier than you might think.

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