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Ask and You Shall Receive Clarity
One of the most important things you can do throughout the course of your day is ask questions. Asking questions is integral to learning, and learning produces knowledge. This fact is apparent from childhood. For example, children are generally inquisitive of the world around them, and gain answers by asking many questions. Children are also very uninhibited in their questioning which can lead to some really funny moments.One of the most important things you can do throughout the course of your day is ask questions. Click To Tweet
Bad Information Creates Silence
As we grow older, many of us are conditioned to stop asking questions. We do not want to appear uninformed, so we remain silent, even when we don’t know the answer. We were once taught that there is no such thing as a dumb question, but we learn over time that certain questions make us appear just so…ignorant. Asking questions can sometimes be perceived as rebellion or questioning authority, but the right questions can provide necessary clarity.
The Art of Questioning
There is an art and skill to asking questions. It is something that can be learned or relearned. Asking good questions can take some practice. How you ask a question is very important to the answer you receive. (a) Questions can be open-ended or simply require a yes or no responses. (b) Open-ended questions generally provide the most comprehensive response. (c) Another key is to be specific in your inquiries and being vague will not produce quality replies. (d) It is also important to make sure you understand the answers to your questions, so don’t hesitate to ask probing questions for clarification. (e) Finally, ask follow-up questions to gain additional information when necessary.
Questioning Requires Listening
An essential component of asking the right questions is being a good listener. Listening well can provide more insight than speaking, as communication is always taking place–even through what is not being said verbally. At the end of the day, better questioning leads to better conclusions.
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