You know the phrase “there are no stupid questions”?

It’s true…mostly….

“There are naive questions, tedious questions, ill-phrased questions, questions put after inadequate self-criticism. But every question is a cry to understand the world. There is no such thing as a dumb question.”

– Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

When working for a client, part of a team or even volunteering, you’re sure to come across tasks that feel challenging. Here’s the reality check – coworker, mentor, or boss most times knows a faster, more efficient way to get things done.

Asking questions is important for learning and essential for clarity.

Women are notorious for “not wanting to bother” or “bug” people and I am here to tell you that the ONLY way to get ahead is to be a bug!

You aren’t being a bother when you “bug.” You are getting on the fast track to success!

The sooner you learn that you save time by asking the right questions, there will be less time wasted making guesses about that project. If you’re still confused, ask for more clarification and for them to break it down into a way that makes sense to you, because everyone thinks differently.

Keeping the communication door open in the workplace helps employees and employers foster an environment where they can learn from each other. And are able to ask questions without feeling stupid.

It’s just as important to ask questions, as it is to answer them constructively. It’s easy to spit back a quick response in hopes that your employee will give you the end result you wish for, but giving a well-thought-out response with full clarification is much more efficient.

Here’s how to get over feeling like you are bugging:

  1. If you don’t already know the answer, your question is not stupid.
  2. If you have tried to figure it out on your own and it’s taking a long time, feels stressful or you aren’t getting it, you need support.
  3. You’re helping foster an environment of learning.
  4. Once you have the clarity, you will be better prepared to understand and excel at your work.

Never stop learning, and helping those around you learn as well.

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