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How To Answer Hard Questions

posted in Various
06/12/2014
  • Put on the spot to answer a hard and disturbing question? Afraid of looking dumb? Don't worry – use these tactics to buy yourself an escape route whether you're at home, in conversation at a bar, performing in a scholarly debate, or squirming in class.
    Put on the spot to answer a hard and disturbing question? Afraid of looking dumb? Don't worry – use these tactics to buy yourself an escape route whether you're at home, in conversation at a bar, performing in a scholarly debate, or squirming in class.
  • 1) Understand what is meant by a "hard and disturbing question". For the purposes of this article, it is assumed that such questions involve personal beliefs, or controversial/challenging topics. Basically, it's a penetrating question that disturbs, worries, upsets, or flummoxes you.
    1) Understand what is meant by a "hard and disturbing question". For the purposes of this article, it is assumed that such questions involve personal beliefs, or controversial/challenging topics. Basically, it's a penetrating question that disturbs, worries, upsets, or flummoxes you.
  • 2) Don't answer. This is your number one defense reaction. Provide time-buying responses such as: -That's an interesting question. I'll have to think that one over. - I've never thought about it like that before. Give me some time to get back to you on it.
    2) Don't answer. This is your number one defense reaction. Provide time-buying responses such as: -That's an interesting question. I'll have to think that one over. - I've never thought about it like that before. Give me some time to get back to you on it.
  • 3) Flip the question back to the questioner. Another stalling device is to return the question to the questioner. Ways of doing this include: - Why do you want to know?
- I don't know quite how to frame my response. What do you think first? - Well, what would you think in that situation?
    3) Flip the question back to the questioner. Another stalling device is to return the question to the questioner. Ways of doing this include: - Why do you want to know?
    - I don't know quite how to frame my response. What do you think first? - Well, what would you think in that situation?

  • 4) Delay. Use silence as a way to give yourself thinking time. Reassure the questioner that you're listening by nodding, maintaining eye contact, and using filler comments such as "Yes, interesting point..." and staying silent for a moment while you think about it.
    4) Delay. Use silence as a way to give yourself thinking time. Reassure the questioner that you're listening by nodding, maintaining eye contact, and using filler comments such as "Yes, interesting point..." and staying silent for a moment while you think about it.
  • 5) Answer gradually. Don't give out all of the answer straight up; instead mete out your response and make it clear that if more information is required, you will consider entering into a mutual discussion about the matter, provided that the questioner is being genuine and also offers their opinion!
    5) Answer gradually. Don't give out all of the answer straight up; instead mete out your response and make it clear that if more information is required, you will consider entering into a mutual discussion about the matter, provided that the questioner is being genuine and also offers their opinion!
  • 6) Refuse to answer. As politely as possible, while maintaining eye contact and smiling, or at least not looking fierce, firmly assert that you won't be answering that question, thanks. If you feel that the question has crossed the boundaries of appropriateness or is too intimate, refuse to answer.
    6) Refuse to answer. As politely as possible, while maintaining eye contact and smiling, or at least not looking fierce, firmly assert that you won't be answering that question, thanks. If you feel that the question has crossed the boundaries of appropriateness or is too intimate, refuse to answer.
  • 7) Use humor. This is a deflecting manner of responding to a question. Humor can be used to avoid answering a question by making a lighthearted quip or a self-deprecating joke. It can also be put to good use to answer the question in a lighthearted manner that pushes aside the hard element.
    7) Use humor. This is a deflecting manner of responding to a question. Humor can be used to avoid answering a question by making a lighthearted quip or a self-deprecating joke. It can also be put to good use to answer the question in a lighthearted manner that pushes aside the hard element.
  • 8) Answer it intelligently. If the question isn't problematic, it isn't too personal or grueling, and you know the answer, why not launch into answering it? If you have any sense that the person has tried to outdo you in any way, this is always a super fun way to respond.
    8) Answer it intelligently. If the question isn't problematic, it isn't too personal or grueling, and you know the answer, why not launch into answering it? If you have any sense that the person has tried to outdo you in any way, this is always a super fun way to respond.
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