According to Carl Jung, "To ask the right question is already half the solution of a problem." Indeed, asking the right question is crucial in solving problems. It also promotes transparency and trust.
But how do you make sure that people have the right avenue to ask questions without going off on a tangent in regular meetings or holding extra brainstorming sessions?
That's where an asynchronous Ask a Question meeting comes in. It allows everyone to have a forum to ask questions and have the right people answer them.
Usually, these are questions that you can't answer right away, but it's something that you have to consider soon. For example, if you're thinking of hiring a branding agency, you might hold this asynchronous meeting with the marketing team.
This template can work with any team. It's short and straight to the point. The goal is to explore the answer without investing too much time and energy.
Ask a clear and specific question. Going back on our previous example about exploring the idea of hiring a branding agency, you might want to phrase your question:
What are the pros and cons of hiring a branding agency?
It's best to ask an open-ended question so the answers you'll get are more comprehensive. If it's answerable by "yes" or "no,” you won't have much of a discussion.
Provide a brief background. For example, was this question raised one time in a town hall? Or was it a recurring question in the weekly meeting? More importantly, why does this question need an answer? Is it just a creativity exercise, or is it solving an urgent problem?
Tag the people who you think can provide the most insightful answer. Once you get answers, there are two things that you can do next: start an official brainstorming meeting or officially close the topic. You can get our Brainstorming Meeting template here.