Overcoming the fear of asking questions

By Zoe Taylor

It’s time to change the way you think about asking questions. Everyone, at one stage or another, is afraid of asking questions. But why?

There’s this stigma around it – deeming the act embarrassing, something that makes the asker feel self conscious and silly about it, as if they lose intelligence with every question they ask.

When you look at it that way, it all sounds a bit over the top, doesn’t it? But people are just afraid to ask for help or guidance, especially in the workplace! So how do you get out of this mind set?

If you need to ask a question, it’s because you need more information
If you’re stuck on something or need to clear up areas you’re not completely sure of, you obviously require more information in order for you to do a really good job in your assessment or work task. So think of asking questions not as a bad thing but as a method of completing your work to the highest standard.

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It makes you look conscientious
Rather than silly, asking questions make you look conscientious and dedicated to doing a good job. Not asking questions, however, and getting something wrong or not entirely correct as a result is a much worse outcome.

It’s your lecturer’s/boss’ job to answer your question
That’s what they’re there for! They are supposed to answer any questions you have as it is in their best interest that you have all the information you need.

If you’re really worried, come back to it
If the deadline isn’t pressing, go away and do other things before you ask the question. If, when you come back to it you’re still unsure then it’s clear that you have no other choice than to ask for assistance!

No question is a stupid question, and if anyone makes you feel like it is, the best thing to do is go to someone else with it so that you can obtain the relevant information you require in full and complete your task to the best of your abilities.

For help in finding the right career path for you, or for useful tips on areas including studying and finding success, call 1800 143 080 or visit www2.collegesonline.com.au/mycareer to contact one of our friendly career advisors!

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