can you please explain how to do these questions thorougly. thank you!!: How To Respond to Questions Effectively


Question-answering is a skill that can be learned, but there are also some guidelines for answering questions in a way that gets you the results you want. These include:

Start with the question you’ve been asked, then answer it.

First, start with the question you’ve been asked. Then answer it. Don’t start with a different question than what they asked and try to work your way back around to the real question. This can confuse the person asking you questions, make them lose interest in what you’re saying and give them a bad impression of your intelligence–not exactly what we want!

If someone asks “Why did you leave?” don’t say something like “I wanted more money.” Tell us why YOU wanted more money instead of talking about someone else’s motivations (even if they were yours).

Answer the question directly.

When you’re asked a question, answer it directly. Don’t ask for clarification; just give them the information they want. If there’s something in your response that isn’t relevant to their question, don’t bring it up unless it’s absolutely necessary for them to understand your point of view or find solutions to their problems.

If you have a good answer but they asked a bad question, just say so.

The most important thing to remember is that if you have a good answer, but they asked a bad question, just say so.

  • Say “I’m not sure what you mean by that.”
  • Say “I don’t understand the question.”
  • Say “I don’t know.” This answer will make them think about how their question could have been better phrased and encourage them to ask again in the future with better questions (which also helps everyone else).

Don’t answer a different question than what they asked.

You must answer the question that was asked, not a different question or one you wish you were asked.

As an example, let’s say you are asked: “What is your favorite color?” If your response is something like “My favorite color is blue,” then this answer would be incorrect because it does not address the original question at all (which was “what is your favorite color?”).

Don’t ask followup questions unless you really NEED them to answer your question better.

If you need to ask a followup question, do it quickly. If you don’t need to ask a followup question, don’t.

It’s tempting to try for more information by asking a bunch of little questions–but this is often not helpful for either party involved in the conversation. If your partner has already given their answer and moved on from that topic (which they probably have), then asking them more questions about it will prolong the discussion unnecessarily and may even cause them discomfort if they feel like you’re dragging things out unnecessarily.

Asking too many questions can also make it difficult for your partner to respond appropriately when they get back around to answering your original query; if there are multiple topics being discussed at once without any clear order or hierarchy between them, this could lead them into making statements that don’t make sense when taken out of context or misinterpreting what was previously said in order to answer correctly instead of giving an honest opinion/answer until later down stream when everything has been fully explained properly again

If you can’t answer the question, say that and explain why, briefly, if necessary.

  • Don’t make excuses. For example: “I’m sorry I don’t know the answer to this question because…” or “The reason why I’m not sure how to respond is…”
  • Don’t try to blame someone else (even if they’re at fault). For example: “It’s not my fault that I don’t know how much time it takes for my team members’ projects because they always forget their schedules at home.” Or even worse: “I don’t understand this question because my boss didn’t give us enough training before we started working on our project!”
  • Don’t say you don’t know what information would help answer the question more fully for yourself or others involved in your project–instead try asking questions until everyone understands exactly what information would improve their understanding of its progress thus far and/or future direction(s) within scope constraints set forth by stakeholders involved with decision making regarding project timelines/progress etcetera.”

Relatedly, don’t bring up tangents unless it’s the only way for them to understand your point of view or find solutions to their problems. Don’t go off on long stories about how someone else did something wrong, even if it was years ago or you didn’t do anything wrong yourself (that’s another topic). If someone else is at fault for something that happened and won’t own up to it then let it go because answering “I don’t know” is better than letting someone else off the hook for something they should have done but didn’t do.

Asking followup questions is important, but don’t ask too many. If they ask you one question and then follow up with another one, just answer the first one and move on.

If they ask you a question that requires more than a simple yes or no answer (for example “Is this email helpful?”) then explain why it’s not helpful or what would make it better instead of just giving an opinionated answer like “Yes” or “No.”

These tips should help you answer questions more effectively. If there’s anything else we can help with, please let us know!

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    Asking questions is an essential part of learning and growing. However, it’s equally important to know how to respond effectively to those questions. Whether you’re in a classroom setting or a professional meeting, being able to provide thoughtful and thorough answers can leave a lasting impression on others. Here are some tips on how to respond effectively:

    Firstly, take a moment to understand the question before answering. Don’t rush into providing an answer without fully comprehending what has been asked of you. If necessary, ask for clarification or repeat the question back in your own words.

    Secondly, be concise and clear in your response. Avoid rambling or going off on tangents that aren’t relevant to the question at hand. Stay focused on the topic and provide specific examples when possible.

    Thirdly, don’t be afraid to admit if you don’t know the answer.

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