Questions – Answers to your Scenario

Questions are the answers to your Scenario. How you decide to ask a question could help people decipher your starting point, your current situation and where you are going based on the decision and advice given. We call it the three scenarios, your starting position which tells the person answering your question what led you to the current situation. This is why people ask for background information. This is where you set the tone for the rest of your question explaining when, how and why. 

Your starting position is actually step 2 not step 1. Contrary to popular belief which assumes your current situation is what really tells the whole story. It is actually the context in which that situation occurs that begins the story. Take time to explain every detail about the context in which the situation occurred. People will get a better understanding of where you are coming from and what your situation is.

You probably want to know what advice or answer you would get for your question. However, you are not done yet. You need to let people know your expectations after others have read your questions. The goal is to have the other person come to the same conclusion or expectation after reading your questions. This is where you communicate your expectation exactly how you want people to respond, be direct and concise. 

The Question you ask can help get the answers you need. Remember to address the Starting point, current situation and where you are going with the question. This is how I remember it, – SCE which is short for Scenario.