Stop apologizing before asking questions

Excerpt from LinkedIn Daily Rundown Published on June 29, 2018

Question mark in chalk on blackboardIt doesn’t just make you look bad, it also discourages others from asking their own questions, writes University of Texas psychology professor Art Markman. Prefacing questions with an apology promotes the misguided assumption that we understand what people are telling us. But we often need to engage with and respond to what we are hearing to fully understand. One great way to do that? Asking questions. The pre-question apology sends a message to the group that being confused is unacceptable. • Here’s what people are saying.

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.