Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader and volunteers with the elderly playing her designed The Write Word Game. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Authors: James O. Pyle and Maryann
Publisher: Career Press
“The paradox of questioning is that simple questions can lead to detailed, on-target answers, but complicated questions get you single-word answers from a subject who doesn’t want to talk, and unrestrained answers from a person who does,” James O. Pyle and Maryann Karinch write in their book, Find Out Anything From Anyone, Anytime: Secrets of Calculated Questioning from a Veteran Interrogator.
At two hundred and eighty-nine pages, this paperback targets those interested in learning how to get information from others, usually by evaluating how questions are formed. After a foreword by Gregory Hartley and introduction, nine chapters cover the topic of interrogation, ending with a conclusion, appendix, notes, glossary, index, and the authors’ biography. There are a few charts and black and white photographs. Pyle is a human intelligence instructor who has served in the U.S. Army, and Karinch is the author of nineteen books.
Written mainly for those in the position to be asking questions, not answering them, the book is helpful for anyone who wants to improve their communication skills. Within nine chapters, changes need to be made when structuring a question. There are six different types of questions that include direct, control, repeat, persistent, summary, and non-pertinent. By learning the four discovery areas of people, places, things, and events in time, one can address personal, professional, and relationship issues to get needed information.
The book reiterates the key to getting answers is to ask good questions. If one asks in a way that focuses on one thing at a time, more questions of “what else” can be interjected. The short, simple question tends to yield the clearest reply. With an equation of good questioning relating to a two year old and using the six interrogatives, following up and covering the discovery area will unveil the truth.
Blending both authors’ personal experiences of him being a preacher to interrogating al-Qaeda militants with her flying lessons and backpacking in Mexico, a plethora of examples are offered from drilling teenagers and dating to Mike Wallace and a funeral at Forest Lawn.
Including exercises to improve how to ask the right questions along with the suggestion to keep a journal, the book would be an asset for business owners, lawyers, and journalists, helping them take the time to not only ask a question with a specific intent, they will learn to listen more attentively.
Thanks to Tess Woods PR for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.