Should You Ask a Question?

This flowchart is primarily for those of us attending academic conferences. But most of the principles also apply to asking questions in class as well.

asking a questionHT Carmen Imes




5 Responses to “Should You Ask a Question?”

  1. Robert Holmstedt November 14, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    So true. I will remember this next weekend at SBL.
    But where is the option for needing to ask a question to ferret out stupid ideas?

  2. Jonathan Chechile November 14, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    Great chart. Good for seminars and seminary. But I’m thinking that the “go for it”!at the top needs to come with an asterisk. Go for it but be prepared for a beatdown. I watched several of my professors in seminary (especially Dr. Wells) absolutely torch showoffs (usually for the showoffs own good). Usually showoffs leave themselves open because they haven’t thought as clearly about the subject as the presenter.

    • Marc Cortez November 14, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      I found that unless you’re looking for a quick lesson in humility, it’s generally best not to show off in front of people who are better/smarter than you.

  3. Lisa November 14, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    haha! I’ve heard it said that there are no dumb questions… I beg to differ!

    • Marc Cortez November 14, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      Only two kinds of people say that: (1) people who don’t spend much time answering questions and/or (2) people who themselves ask a lot of stupid questions.

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