How To Ask Better Questions with Laura Beil (Ep. #788)

Storytelling might seem like a skill reserved for dinner parties and family gatherings, but we actually use it in our everyday lives, many times without really knowing it – so what can you do to be more aware of when you’re using it, when you should be using it, and how not using it could be leading you to miss out on crucial opportunities for professional and personal growth?


What to Listen For

  • How did Laura Beil get her start in podcasting?
  • What level of skepticism around the modern healthcare system is appropriate in today’s day and age where you can find countless horror stories throughout the internet?
  • How can you guide people you’re interviewing to tell better stories in response to your questions?
  • What kinds of questions can you ask someone if you want more in-depth answers or explanations?
  • How can you improve your empathy in situations where you’re listening to someone talk about a tragic event in their life?
  • What can you do to bring fresh energy into meetings with your storytelling skills?
  • How do you keep a conversation interesting and lively for hours with someone you have little to nothing in common with?


We use storytelling abilities in our everyday lives because we are either asking other people about themselves or vice versa. A good storyteller knows how to answer questions in a way that intrigues people and keeps them engaged in a conversation as well as ask people the right questions that get them to open up and feel comfortable talking about themselves, both of which deepen the connection between them.


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Resources from this Episode

Laura Beil’s website


Dr. Death – podcast by Laura Beil


Bad Batch – podcast by Laura Beil


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AJ Harbinger is one of the world’s top relationship development experts. His company, The Art of Charm, is a leading training facility for top performers that want to overcome social anxiety, develop social capital and build relationships of the highest quality. Raised by a single father, AJ felt a strong desire to learn about relationships and the elements that make them successful. However, this interest went largely untapped for many years. Following the path set out for him by his family, AJ studied biology in college and went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at the University of Michigan. It was at this time that he began to feel immense pressure from the cancer lab he worked in and began to explore other outlets for expression. It was at this point that The Art of Charm Podcast was born.

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