#016: Avoid leading questions.

Avoid leading questions, questions that suggest a particular answer that the questioner desires.

A leading question is a type of question that pushes the other person to answer in a specific manner, based on the way the question is framed. More than often, such a question already contains information that the questioner wants to confirm rather than try to get a true and unbiased answer to that question. Even if that isn’t the intention, the response you get may not be as truthful as it would have been with a simpler question.

“So you want to live in New York, right?” could be “Where do you want to live?”

“You didn’t do that, did you?” could be “What happened?”

“Do you like or love this place?” could be “What do you think about this place?”

“Would you say that you are happy here?” could be “What do you think about this place?”

“Don’t you think that this is wonderful?” could be “What do you think about this?”

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