I LOVE questions! They show interest, they get me thinking, they give me ideas for content, and they tell me what someone cares about. Questions are great, except when they are not. So, are there really no wrong questions?
I know many doctor friends who dread the, “Would you take a look at this?” question in the middle of a party. Or the accountant who is asked a tax question during a dinner with friends. “Can I pick your brain?” can easily move from a friendly question to a matter of billable hours in just minutes.
We want to be helpful but one person may not realize how many other people are also asking and sometimes saying no is the right thing for you to do. It can be difficult to navigate these situations without feeling up against a wall or that you’re being abrasive.
I was able to team up with NBC BETTER on how you can ask and answer questions without feeling like you’re overstepping bounds. You can check that out here.
I was contemplating doing a LIVE Q&A so people can pick my brain and I can address the same questions asked by many people at the same time. What do you think? Would you tune it?
Questions are going to be everywhere in every industry. It’s up to us to use our gut on how much knowledge we share. You ultimately decide what’s best for you and your business. However, you can always make sure that you respect both parties in how you compose yourself.
Keep in mind, the relationship is more important than any question; whether you are the one asking or being asked.
Questions are great, but always ask yourself, “are there really no wrong questions?”