Written by Victor Uyanwanne
Whoever you are, everyone should develop the habit of asking the right questions.
Whatever position or occupation you may find yourself in, there are appropriate questions you should ask to get the clearest pictures of things or about people.
The essence of asking questions is to get answers. If you don’t have the answers you need, then you should ask the questions you have.
There are some things you may never know or understand, except you ask the right questions.
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Are you ashamed or afraid to ask questions? You shouldn’t be!
It is better to ask questions than to die in silence. So ask the right questions whenever you have the opportunities.
If the opportunities fail to present themselves, create one. Just don’t make the mistake of keeping quiet when there are questions burning in your hearts.
In future, you will have more regrets for the questions you failed to ask than for the questions you actually asked – even if the ones you asked didn’t turn out the best ways you wanted them to.
The wise ask questions to be come wiser. And the fool becomes wise by asking the right questions.
There are many things you stand to gain if you will dare to ask the right questions. And that’s the main trust of this post.
Here are 16 powerful benefits of asking questions:
1. Helps to clarify your thoughts
Asking questions will help you to clarify your thoughts and those of others too.
When thoughts float into your mind, they don’t form a complete picture at once. But the picture will become clearer as you ask more questions concerning the thoughts you have in your mind.
In the same way, you can understand people and what they say better if you ask them the right questions. For instance, if someone says something to you and you don’t understand it, it is more honourable to ask questions for further clarifications than to keep mute and make unsafe assumptions.
2. Helps to elicit interest from your audience
If you want to engage more with an audience, you should imbibe the habit of asking relevant questions while talking to them. Once there are questions, answers should be expected.
Even in private conversations, it is also important to ask polite questions.
Don’t you know a few people who won’t talk to you until you ask them questions?
In other words, you can use questions to break the ice a lot of times! On many occasions, I have used questions to start conversations with people I met for the first time. It always works with me.
3. Demonstrates your interest in other people or things
Who or what you ask questions about reveals whom or what you are interested in. The questions you ask also reveal what matters to you.
The questions you don’t ask but you should ask also communicate some things about you.
The questions you ask are a pointer to what interests you. Learning to ask questions is key to a more interesting life.
4. Clears or reduces your doubts
You can deal with your suspicions and doubts by asking the right questions. If you get the right answers to your questions, they will either dispel or validate your doubts.
When you don’t ask questions when you should, you may end up going home with unsafe assumptions. And the effect can be far-reaching, depending on the kind of actions you decide to take based on the conclusions you have reached.
5. Improves your knowledge
Naturally, questions can be used in the quest for knowledge. You ask questions because you want to know.
What you don’t know that you should have known is probably what you haven’t asked about.
If you like learning new things, then you should like asking questions.
You can ask Google if you are afraid to ask people. But don’t just live your life without asking questions.
6. Enhances your understanding
If you don’t understand something, ask questions until you grasp it well enough.
I used to have a very funny teacher that would tell the class: If you don’t ask any question, that means you understood everything I thought you today. Otherwise, ask now!
Unfortunately, some people would rather die in silence or in ignorance than ask the questions on their mind. That’s not good at all.
7. Enhances your communication skills
Communication is not complete until there is an understanding and feedback. Asking relevant questions will help you to achieve better understanding of any subject matter in discourse.
When you ask a question, expect a feedback in form of answers. And when the answers come, acknowledge and appreciate them. That way, you make the communication more interesting.
If you are one of those people who cannot hold a meaning conversation for long, try incorporating relevant questions to your conversations. Provided that the questions are not awkward, they will make your conversation more stimulating.
8. Enhances trust in relationships
You need trust to build any meaningful relationships.
Where there is lack of understanding, distrust will reign supreme. But if there is understanding, trust will certainly be formed.
Asking the right questions and getting appropriate responses promote good communication and good understanding which in turn build trust.
9. Helps you to solidify relationships
As trust level increases through the good answers you get to your questions, the cord of good relationship toughens. See number 8 again.
10. Tool for sifting information
Asking the right questions helps you separate relevant information from irrelevant ones.
Not all information you get are useable. You can use questions to separate the grains from the chaff.
11. Promotes better decision-making
Good information is the heart of a good decision-making process.
The answers you get from asking questions will affect the quality of the decisions you make.
12. Saves time and other resources
Have you ever tried to locate something or some place on your own for hours without finding it? And then you decided to ask someone about it and you got immediate help that showed you what you were looking for?
Imagine the amount of time you would have saved if you had asked the question ab ni tio!
13. Removes or reduces prejudices
We live in a world full of prejudices. Apart from a few times that you have been a victim of prejudices, you might have had yourself viewing other people through lens of prejudice. that’s not the best way to live!
If you ask the right questions and you get the right answers, you will soon get to discover that there is no need to hang on to some previously held misconceptions about some things and especially about some people.
14. Promotes personal confidence
Believe it or not, your ability to ask the right questions is a kind of pointer to your level of confidence. Confident people ask questions.
Don’t wait to boost your confidence before you begin to ask questions. Boost your level of confidence by asking questions.
15. Clarifies direction
“He who asks questions never misses his way,” so says an African proverb. If you don’t know where you are going, ask questions to get the needed direction.
If you don’t learn to ask question for directions, you will waste time, money and energy finding your way.
16. Enhances your personal effectiveness
Knowing what to do and achieving results thereon could partly be a function of the questions you ask and the answers you get.
What you don’t know, ask! Once you know, act!
Have you ever gained any benefits from asking questions? Please share your experience in the comment section.
P.S. This post was dapted from a previous post on this blog, Why you should ask the right questions