The phrase, “there are no dumb questions” came up yesterday at work. We talked about it for about 30 seconds. It made me think about the phrase.
We tell our children constantly that there is no such thing as a “dumb question” but the truth is, there are dumb questions!
Right off the top of my head, I can think of a quarterly meeting that I attend where without fail, every time, there are 2-3 people that extend the meeting by asking stupid questions. Sounds harsh but it is true.
These people ask the same generic questions (sometimes the exact same question from quarterly meeting to quarterly meeting). They either don’t think before they speak OR they need to take notes because they forget easily.
I’m not being mean. I’m just saying there are “dumb” questions. Here are some tips to think about BEFORE you ask a question in a large group.
5 things to ask Yourself before you ask a question
1. Is the question relevant?
2. Is this a question that should be asked now or AFTER the meeting in private?
3. Does your question pertain to the entire group or, at least, MORE than just yourself?
4. Will your question actually help you if you get an answer?
5. Can the question actually be answered? In other words, are you asking a question with a definitive answer? Is your question too general?
I HIGHLY encourage you to ask questions. Don’t be intimidated. Just do it in a helpful way so that you can get the answers you need to be successful on your project.