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    Be clear in questioning to get relevant answers

    Many of us will attend many meetings as a part of our duty and interact with many people. They may be our bosses or colleagues or subordinates. We may be raising our doubts or we may be asking questions. In the same way, others may be asking us some questions.

    Generally, the answer will be based on how the answerer understands the question. Some people will not be framing their question aptly and the interpretation of the question may vary from person to person. In such a case, the answers may not be similar to all the others and the answers may not be giving us what we want. So the question we ask should be specific and there should not be any chance for ambiguity. Then only the answers will come as per our requirement.

    So the question should be clear and there should be any chance for a communication gap. So framing a question is very important to get a correct answer. I think all the other members will also agree with my views.
  • #767354
    Framing a question is quite important and one who is taking the questions also must have a clear idea of the topic. If the answerer doesn't have a clear picture of the domain then the perception will vary and the answer will not be up to the mark. Sometimes, the answerer doesn't completely listen to the question and starts answering based on assumptions. That has to be avoided. Framing questions, having a clear idea and listening attentively all have a role in an interactive session. If anyone is missing the answer will not be proper and will not be able to satisfy the person asking questions.
    Sankalan

    "Life is easier when you enjoy what you do"

  • #767355
    Just now I posted a response to an AE query about engineering colleges in Mangalore, inquiring about specifics! I have also instructed members that we would like more precise answers to AE questions.

    Coming to the topic of this thread, it is indeed correct that we need to have clarity in what we ask. Something as simple as asking for a ballpoint pen in a stationery shop should be more clear, such as whether we want one with a blue or red, or black refill. Let's consider other scenarios. In a classroom, the student needs to be more clear about what exactly was not understood, let's say, in a paragraph from the English textbook. Was it a particular word or the substance of the entire paragraph?

    Sometimes, a question that is not very clear can turn out to be funny when odd answers are provided, and everyone will have a good laugh, but it may be embarrassing for the person who asked it.

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #767387
    This is highly a relevant point raised by the author. My professor used to tell questioning is harder than answering and a question should be clear and answerable. Similarly many people raised the questions in urgency and unclear but expecting the reply from others in a clear way so as to understand by the questioner. In some cases the questioner raised a question and before getting the answer for that question he raised another question in connection with the first. When the replying person answering for the first one the questioner understood the answer for second one and sullen on the answerer.

  • #767397
    If the questions are vague in nature, there would be only the loss of time during the process of queries from both the parties. Hence the question should carry full details. Suppose we wouod like to have a wire for electricity connections and if the questionnaire gives the entire details of nature of wire, its length, diameter and even the brands producing such materials.
    The answer from the other party would be available immediately otherwise the sellers would be confused regarding the nature of demand of the buyer.
    This is applicable in all the areas and we should be armoured with full details so as to get precise answers.


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