There are Dumb Questions, By Jeff Gau, Marco CEO

By Jeff Gau, Marco CEO – In grade school, I remember teachers saying, “There is no such thing as a dumb question.” Curiosity and a quest for knowledge are positive at any age — and any level of your career.

But the questions we ask from the classroom to the conference room actually do matter. What types of questions are you asking?

  • Dumb Questions: Questions that focus on one-offs, comments disguised as questions or ones that ask the obvious can completely derail meetings. None of them ignite healthy dialogue, deepen understanding or provide clarity — as a question should.
  • Good Questions: The best questions promote better conversations, move the conversation forward, drive action and focus on results. They can create new ideas, provide clarity and build consensus.

See examples of each and steps to ask better questions.


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