The person who coined the phrase, “there’s no such thing as a stupid question” was either flat-out lying or unaware of all the stupid questions he/she was asking.
I know from experience there are plenty of stupid, bad, lazy and unproductive questions – all of which lead to a lot of eye-rolling, but that’s not the worst part, neither is the sounding stupid part. The worst part is the wasted time. That’s what you should be worried about.
It takes longer to get the answers you need to figure out the real issue, identify solutions and inspire action when you’re asking bad questions.
And just so we’re clear – if you are following the advice of most so-called “experts” you’re probably asking these types of questions.
Following any of this advice isn’t going to get you closer to the truth or to the real issue at hand. Asking better questions mean you ask fewer questions – not more. And you to the “real” story without getting bogged down in conversation tangents.
Take it from someone who asks questions for a living. Great questions get people to reveal more than they expected 98% of the time. I know from personal experience: thousands of interviews with hundreds of athletes across 20 years in sports broadcasting.
The questions I ask are different than the ones you ask because...
I've written about my process for asking better questions and delivered this presentation to sales teams, but for first time it's available to everyone in a free 30-minute webinar.
Stop Asking Stupid Questions
Date: Tuesday March 17
Time: Noon-12:30pm PST
Location: Online. Register here
Better questions lead to better answers and the confidence in knowing you're not the one asking stupid questions. You're the one solving problems in less time.