Assume Clarification is Needed

Published on February 01, 2024

people management empathetic leadership effective communication

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If you’re going to make an assumption, assume that additional clarification is needed.

Have ever had an experience like this?

You ask a question.

The other person asks you to clarify…


And at that moment, you realize you aren’t entirely sure what you were trying to ask.

Sound at all familiar? I know it’s happened to me.

If sometimes we’re not 100% sure what the words that just came out of our own mouth mean, then it seems safe to assume that we’re scoring well below that when it comes to understanding others.

So what can we do?

Clarifying questions are a great way to improve our understanding, reduce miscommunications, and show that we value and care about the person/topic.

What do you think?

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Thanks to DeepAI for the image, where its challenges with letters worked out masterfully.