I work with clients of many different backgrounds and personalities and generally my philosophy on working with all of them is that they know the answer to their business problem and they need me to ask all the right questions to get to that answer out of them. But when have you asked to many questions? I think this is a dilemma that many consultants struggle with because there is a fine line of pulling the answer out of clients and just saying, 'you have to do it this way because I'm right."
I knew that I had gone overboard with the questions when a client said to me, "I don't know. That's your job. Just do it and tell me how to use it." I knew that I had reached the point of no return at that moment had to adjust my strategy to just doing and quit asking questions. But I still struggle with this issue of when have you asked too many questions. Is it because your parents always tell you there is never a stupid question? Is it all in my head? Could be, I'm a little on the crazy side. I know, but isn't admitting it the first step to recovery? Am I getting to that point again where I'm asking too many questions? But I have so many more.
I guess I'm going to have to answer my own question. I'm going to keep asking questions and I'm going to keep improving my listening skills and become more attuned to clients so that I can recognized when I'm asking too many questions before I step over the edge. Do you have this issue too? How do you find that fine line of when to quit asking questions? Where my parents wrong? Are there really any stupid questions? Is there a program to get over asking to many questions? Am I doing it again? Have a gone overboard with the too many questions? Now I can't stop. My recommendation - keep asking all the questions you can because knowledge is power.