The Power of Asking: Bridging the Gap Between Business and Relationships

Dr. Liz 💖Connection Coach💖
3 min readOct 23, 2023

Introduction

We’ve all been there — sitting in a meeting or a conversation, confused about an acronym or a phrase, yet hesitating to ask for clarification. A simple question can often make all the difference in our professional and personal lives. This article explores the importance of clear communication in business settings and relationships based on personal experience, emphasizing why asking can be a game-changing strategy.

The “Uncomfortable” Question in the Boardroom

During a high-stakes meeting at a new company, an acronym — RTP — kept popping up. Everyone else seemed to understand, but I was in the dark. I faced a dilemma: stay silent and risk not contributing effectively or ask and potentially reveal my ignorance. Eventually, I chose the latter. The room fell into an uncomfortable silence, but what followed was unexpected — the VP emailed corporate communications to clarify the term. The outcome? A company-wide reminder that asking, instead of assuming in silence, is the better course of action.

The Dangers of Assumptions

In our professional endeavors and personal relationships, making assumptions can be perilous. In a business context, such lapses can lead to misunderstandings, wasted resources, and poor decision-making. Similarly, deductions can erode trust, fuel conflict, and create emotional distance in relationships.

Clear Communication: The Universal Solution

The answer lies in straightforward, honest, universally effective communication in any scenario. In a corporate environment, staying open and curious is crucial, especially when dealing with unknown terms or ambiguous instructions. Similarly, in relationships, the power of asking the right questions to seek quality information is invaluable for mutual understanding.

Turning Beliefs into Accuracy

Our beliefs should be founded on accurate understandings, whether in the office or at home. It starts with a willingness to ask questions, no matter how “dumb” they seem, and foster a culture that encourages open dialogue. In my work as a Relationship Coach, I often find that a well-placed question can catalyze change, regardless of the setting.

The Ripple Effect of a Single Question

My inquiry about RTP didn’t just fill a knowledge gap; it caused a ripple effect within the organization. This concept extends beyond professional settings; even in personal relationships, a single well-placed question could be a lifesaver — sometimes quite literally by saving a relationship from an unfortunate end. Thus, a moment of curiosity can be transformative for a team working on a project and for a couple trying to understand each other better.

Conclusion

The act of asking may be uncomfortable, but its benefits are significant: clearer communication, fewer assumptions, and more effective decision-making. Building a culture that values these principles lays the groundwork for success in business and personal relationships. So the next time you find yourself in doubt — whether you’re in a boardroom or a living room — remember the power of a well-placed question. It might just be the key to meaningful understanding and connection.

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Dr. Liz 💖Connection Coach💖

💖Dr Liz Jenkins 💖Connection Coach | Helping couples repair + reconnect with Couples Smart Restart™ 💕 75k hrs of exp | 35 yrs married | LMFT + Cert Coach