Is it rude to ask someone a question they already know the answer to?
When you boil it down, asking questions you already know the answer to (particularly when it relates to something negative) is really just a passive aggressive attempt to make someone feel bad. And, believe me, attempting to disguise your pettiness as genuine curiosity really only adds insult to injury.
Which is the correct way to ask a question?
The first one sounds aggressive and critical, while the second makes it clear that you’re sincerely looking for an answer to a question. As with anything, you need to pay extra attention to both your tone and word choice when asking questions of the people you work with to avoid sounding overly snappy or severe.
When do you Say No to a question?
If the topic is deeply personal, complicated, emotional, or inappropriate for the setting, you can confidently tell the other person that you don’t want to answer the question. In fact, you can always say “no” to answering questions that make you feel uncomfortable.
What to say when you don’t want to answer a question?
You’ll find out what to say when you don’t want to answer a question and how to handle the situation politely, with humor, or with direct, clear language. As we discuss these strategies, remember that intonation is absolutely essential to clearly communicating the right meaning behind these expressions.
When do people ask questions the wrong way?
(Shoot, sometimes we don’t even listen to the answers –we’re too busy presuming we’re right.) Here are some ways people ask questions the wrong way. 1. They lead the witness. Asking a question that assumes a particular answer is easy to do when you already think you’re right and just want people to say you’re right.
How to ask questions when you don’t know the answers?
(You’re supposed to have all the answers, right?) That makes it hard to ask questions when you don’t understand–especially when you’re supposed to understand. Don’t worry: Asking for clarification is easy. Just say: “I’m impressed. Now pretend I don’t know anything about how that works. How would you explain it to me?” “That sounds really good.
When to ask a question that assumes a particular answer?
Asking a question that assumes a particular answer is easy to do when you already think you’re right and just want people to say you’re right. “Don’t you think we should go ahead and release that order?” “Do you think we should wait any longer than we already have?” “Can anyone think of a good reason not to discipline Joe?”
When to think twice about asking a question?
If you can’t get right to the nitty gritty of your inquiry without a wordy windup, then you should likely think twice about even asking that question in the first place. We can all be a little nosy at times—it’s human nature.