There is a general tendency not to ask as many questions as we probably should.
That comes from a fear of rejection., fear that the answer is a NO.
I’m asking you to take a step back and consider the advantages.
How do we learn?
By asking questions of course. As humans, we are hard-wired to solve problems, so when you are given a challenge, we find a means to solve it.
Look at children: they’re asking questions a mile a minute, adding to their experiences and memory bank and progressing at a relatively accelerated rate. If we want to progress quickly, we could do well to take a leaf out of that book and do the same. Continue to learn by asking questions!
Benefits of asking questions.
If you want to live a productive life, it is pretty much imperative that you are a life-long learner. And that you do by asking questions.
* By asking questions, you put yourself in the best space to solve problems. It gets your creative juices flowing.
* The feedback you get improves your memory bank – no early dementia for you. You need to keep that brain working – use it or lose it applies just as much to your brain.
* The answers you get may open up new perspectives you wouldn’t have come up with, and provide better solutions. Think brainstorming! There is a reason it is used at all levels – IT WORKS!
* Another mostly unrecognized benefit is that it provides a bond between you and whoever you asked the question of. You have a common goal to find the answer and it makes the person feel valued. You are unlikely to ask a question from someone if you would not value their answer.
* Another secret: In a sales situation, asking questions puts you in control? If you are doing all the answering, your client is in control – ouch!
What not to do!
Just because you asked a question and got an answer does not absolve you of your own responsibility to make sure that it fits with what you want. Once you recognize that and do your research, you can ask a whole slew of questions from a variety of people, get a good spectrum of opinions, THEN make a decision based on what YOU think is best.
The final say is your responsibility.