On numerous occasions on this blog I've discussed how critically important questions are in mentoring, in communication, in building a career and in life. I recently ran across a superb article giving tips on how to (and more importantly, how not to) ask questions.
Whether using questions to learn new information, deal with confrontation or simply to educate you will significantly increase the chances of reaching your goal if you follow all the advice in the article "The One Conversational Tool That Will Make You Better At Absolutely Everything". The article could easily be retitled "The Art of the Question" but it's current title is quite apt.
If you read nothing else today I strongly suggest clicking over and taking a comprehensive look at asking great questions.