There are a few phrases that become repeated so often that they become meaningless to the point of utter annoyance. It’s actually somewhat fun to be interviewed and to answer questions. Saying “like” once in a while is ok, but saying it too much can distract your listener and prevent you from sounding articulate. At least this lets your partner know you heard him or her, and that you are actively thinking about the question rather than just automatically popping out with "I dunno." by speakwellpartners | Uncategorized | 2 comments. DUBNER: I remember when I first heard you say it. Stop handing out only the negative feedback. 11 MCEVERS: I want to talk about timing, though. Spend any time around teens, and you’re likely to hear the common expression, “That’s so gay" — even among gay kids. ROSE: I do, I mean, it would be clearly naïve of me to say that I don’t think about the craft of the question. Watching films can be a thrilling experience that makes you cry, smile, relax, and even help you become aware of your fears. CNN: Well, you know it’s a good question, John…. 12 MCAULIFFE: Sure. Expanding your vocabulary is another great way to … I thought my question was just as good as Joes, but nobody said it was a great question. What about leading questions? Stop saying “It is a great question!!”. Steven LEVITT: You know, that’s a great question. Well, maybe. [MUSIC: Teddy Presberg, “Juicy Peach” (from Outcries From A Sea of Red)]. The traditional example is the question "Have you stopped beating your wife?" You are the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. LEVITT: I have been completely stunned because the way he asks questions and what he says, end up being super interesting and fun and getting me to say things I never would have said to anyone else…. I would be tempted to say, “that’s a very good question that you just asked me.” But because of this conversation I’m not gonna say that. I’ve been schooled by the master. Saying "That's a good question" gives you a little more time to think of your response. One great result of this kind of communication technique is that you’re giving the child something else to think about. The other thing that happens to me is that, you know, there’s an interesting thing…people come to my table expecting to talk about themselves, their work, their relationships, their hopes for the future, their experience — they come expecting that. But she did have a Ph.D. in psychology, a brilliant... Freakonomics ® is a registered service mark of Freakonomics, LLC. As the questioner, you feel heard and appreciated. But it’s like there’s a verbal tic going around. Is it a kind of manner or politeness? If you have a question, say it’s a question. Whether it’s drama, action or comedy, this collection of famous quotes from movies can be appreciated by any lover of cinema. “I KNOW, RIGHT? I mean…], LEVITT: … And it’s an incredible gift. It keeps a good feeling going. With these questions to ask in mind, you can navigate any social situation with ease. When I’m on the other side of the microphone than I am now, I am a menace: DUBNER: Yeah, that’s a great question. and this Her: "Wanna go to the park?" 8. Naturally this is because of the improvisational quality of the exchange. This is not to say that it is not your responsibility to respond to every question with your full attention and respect. MCGOWAN: I think people do it because they think it accomplishes two things simultaneously: it allows them to stall for time, and it flatters the interviewer. report. Levitt’s my Freakonomics friend and co-author – an economist at the University of Chicago. Besides the entertainment value they bring, movies also help create awareness about […] So, uh…, DUBNER: Yeah, that’s a good question so that’s one…. "That's a good question." Are you asking me a question? But some people do use the phrase strategically. Their 2005 book Freakonomics used economic theory to offer surprising insight…. Also let us know if a command no longer works. Stephen J. DUBNER: And you seem to think that when it comes to what makes a good question, absolutely no topic is off-limits, wouldn’t you say? Boo hoo!!! So, sometimes people come to me and say, “gee, you asked my friend questions that I could never ask them.” You know, because they expect you to ask them, that’s who you are. Explanation of the English phrase "That's a good question. But not everyone has soured on the phrase. How do you take that? 12. Is it something you know you’re doing? “EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.” Remember that when I punch you in the teeth. The best scientists and explorers have the attributes of kids! You were giving an academic talk. It is important to stay connected, interested, attentive and to listen carefully to what is being asked.  Remember, it is about them, not you. Last May, when Levitt and I published Think Like a Freak, we went on a long book tour, first in the U.S. and then in the U.K. [MUSIC: The Jaguars, “Shimmy Go Go” (from The Jaguars)]. [MUSIC: Seks Bomba, “She Had Her Suspicions” (from Thanks and Goodnight)]. 11. OKRENT: It’s for keeping the good vibes going. Normal convo for us: Me: "Hey, whats up?" And so I think that it’s almost for me, saying “Great question,” is just a way of saying to the interviewer, “Hey, this is actually fun. And so I think that’s one very strong piece of saying, “It’s a great question,” is really just acknowledgement that someone who’s sort of in the background is actually doing something that’s cool or interesting or challenging. ROSE: I interviewed John McCain and John Dickerson. Quotes are powerful because they provide us with an opportunity to stop, think, and evaluate our own lives. When you respond to a question with “That’s a great question!”, that’s just SAD –> Stall + Avoid + Distract. “We Get All Our Great Stuff from Europe — Including Witch Hunting.” (Ep. 446). Asking great questions, DUBNER: Alright, well, Levitt, I feel indebted to you because I feel it’s if not valuable, then at least useful, and I use it now and again and so I kind of would like to return the favor, to give you something that you can use in certain circumstances. Its funny sometimes, but now its not funny at all cause she says it so much. Every guy should know a handful of good questions to ask a girl… because:. Not every question IS a great question and in fact some are emphatically NOT great. DUBNER: Good. That’s the kind of question that I would like to have thought to ask someone much smarter than me to see what they said. One, just in normal conversation, I mean be genuinely curious. Saul: Something's always going on. Permalink: That's not true.Well, maybe. Here are a few phrases that you can sprinkle into your responses to acknowledge the questioner (and to give yourself a moment to prepare your response should you need it). But just because I’ve heard it a lot – that doesn’t mean much. “When an investor or outside board member asks a stupid question,” Kessler writes, “the CEO says ‘that’s a great question’ and then gives the questioner an action item, something like: ‘OK, can you survey the competition and report back on their capital plans and hiring ratios? 7. However, there are instances in which what are framed as questions should end with other punctuation, and occasionally, a statement might be followed by a question mark. Stop saving all of your feedback for the annual performance review. Log in or sign up to leave a comment Log In Sign Up. I encourage it at a couple levels. So, that is a phrase that was invented by some genius. DUBNER: You know, it strikes me hearing you talk, I care a lot because I do interviews. DUBNER: How do you take it when someone says – let’s say you’re sitting down with, you know, maybe it was Steve Jobs, maybe it was President Clinton, and you ask a question, and they look at you across the table, and say, “Charlie, you know, that’s a great question.” Does it feel like they’re trying to flatter you? And if you think about when we did our book tour, you know, some of the people who interviewed us were amazingly clever and well-prepared. Or, B: it’s spontaneous and flattering, and less so, it’s simply buying time as they crystallize their thought. Yeah, Steve Levitt. ROSE: Well, let me do something first. Thank you for this. I never asked that one. Second: Please stop leaving those poor, innocent little participles hanging on the end of phrases. Sometimes you will need to rephrase the question back to the questioner to ensure that everyone in the audience understood or heard the question asked. OKRENT: I speak about six at at a faking-it level. What I want them to do is surprise me with an answer. Smile at the questioner, nod your head seriously, and give a strong answer. And you know who has this tic really bad? A phrase usually indicating that the speaker has absolutely no idea how to answer said question. McGowan says that some people say “that’s a great question” to serve as what’s called a bridge. NPR: In the House and the Senate, they both say they want to pass a bill by next week. DUBNER: That, of course, is Charlie Rose. If you are looking for a complete list of Cortana commands, check out this page. I, for instance, begin way too many sentences with “So.” As in: “So, what have we learned so far.” Or: “So, what McGowan is really saying here …” Or: “So, even President Obama uses a verbal bridge.”, MCGOWAN: He has two words he uses that accomplish the same thing. “Thank you for asking that, I am sure this question is on other people’s minds as well.”. OKRENT: It’s kind of hard to measure that because it’s hard to find a corpus of data that will show spoken language over time that way. The media coach Bill McGowan thinks that people should stop saying “That’s a great question.” He thinks it’s nothing more than cheap flattery or a stall for time. LEVITT: I’m sure I stole it from somebody, but I can’t pin my finger on who that particular genius would have been. Um, it’s not, for me, that I want them to say something that I think they’ve said before and I want them to repeat it. Before she decided to become a poker pro, Maria Konnikova didn’t know how many cards are in a deck. In the a.m., he can be found at CBS “This Morning,” along with Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell. Be a no-nonsense, just-the-facts-please respondent. Charlie Rose is the dean of the television interview. They ask question and have a sense of wonder. I think about that a lot. [MUSIC: Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, “Mr. Has it really been on the rise? Being interviewed can range from incredibly dull and boring to really really fun. But you don’t need to do it patronizingly with “That’s a great question!” Instead, reward the questioner by treating the question as if it were a great question. And then last night I interviewed Diane von Furstenberg who’s gonna be on the show at 11 o’clock tonight. I think about that a lot. Tom Robbins wrote that the only serious question is whether time has a beginning and an end. MCGOWAN: I believe that saying “that’s a really good question” is about as outdated a tic or a strategy as telling people to envision the audience in their underwear. And here’s why you’re wrong. We needed professional help. ROSE: I think they’re trying to flatter me most of the time. Most importantly, don’t do anything to indicate that you think the question is stupid. Who is Right? And my point to them is, no, you should ask them. Not every question IS a great question and in fact some are emphatically NOT great. MCGOWAN: … you don’t know anything about what lies in that road, or you don’t want to talk about that subject, you have a different conversational road you wanna go down, so you need a bridge to get from one road to the other…. – they aren’t really all that great. “That’s a great question” may have originated in media training, as a “bridge” — a way for an interviewee to take a question in a different direction than the interviewer intended. This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “That’s a Great Question!“, [MUSIC: The Diplomats of Solid Sound, “Growin’ In It” (from Destination… Get Down! DUBNER: For the purpose of this discussion, we’re sticking to English and the phrase we’re discussing today – “that’s a great question.”. !”, does that imply the other questions are substandard questions ? There is incredible power in having a single focus! LEVITT: We get interviewed so much that when we hear something new, something that we haven’t thought about, it’s just, it’s fun. So it wasn’t too common over there. Close • Posted by just now. And you have a little bit of that yourself. You hear it in all kinds of media interviews, during the Q&A portion of tech conferences and academic conferences. Deeks: She likes you more than she likes me. Steve Levitt sees another use. You’re asking good questions, I’m giving good answers. MCGOWAN: … “You know, that’s a really good question” is the most elementary bridge possible. And things like “that’s a good question,” “look,” “the point is,” “what I’m saying is” — all of these phrases are, they’re meta discourse phrases. And I think of just our own experiences. Good one! 100% Upvoted. What are you actually saying? 9. OKRENT: Any phrase like that, they start somewhere and then people pick up on it, people start using it sincerely, and if it works well, it starts to become a crutch or a tic, and then people start to notice it, and they start to hate it and complain about it. Please stop saying "that's a really good question." Say nothing. The Magic Phrase to Use With Kids Asking Why. How to ask the question, what I expect to get from the question. Most of the time, you know, in regular conversation, that’s not what happens. ... It’s never used, for example, when male commentators opine on how men are better drivers than women, or men are great … In fact some are emphatically not great is not to say that it is not say. … “ that ’ s called a bridge artists, even the best possible.... 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