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Ask Questions Without Sounding like a Two Year Old

little boyOne of the big reasons people are afraid to ask questions is because they don't want to sound dumb. Let's face it, two year olds are notorious for asking too many questions, and we carry that idea with us in the board room, too. But the truth is, you can and should ask as many questions as you need to make sure the work you're doing is what's expected of you. So how do you get out of the terrible twos? Simple: ask questions appropriately. This blog post on Interculturezone explains, for instance, how asking “why” puts people on the defensive. Instead, ask where and when, or how and what. These are more neutral questions that show you are thinking of how to resolve the discussion or purpose of the meeting already, and they open up the person you're speaking to as well!

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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