Please, please, ask a question!
Last weekend, I taught a seminar up in the Vancouver, BC area. It’s an outreach program where I head up there every few months and work with the same group, which is great, because I get to know the students a bit better, and can feel more comfortable really helping them out, but also, they get to know me better and feel more comfortable asking me questions.
One of the Vancouver students in particular is VERY comfortable asking a LOT of questions. Although there was some good natured ribbing about the quantity of questions asked, the reality is that I am very thankful for that student, and for others like her at all of the seminars I teach. Sometimes I look out at the group and get the feeling that they’re all looking at me, afraid to ask a question, and meanwhile, I’m looking at them, afraid there won’t be anybody willing to ask a question…but then somebody asks a question and I breathe a sigh of relief.
Really, there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers, and there are only stupid answers when I’m too lazy to properly answer. This morning, I was exhausted – I didn’t want to get out of bed, and then, to top it all off, there was no hot water in my hotel 🙁 But, as soon as I got to the seminar site, I felt invigorated, and as soon as people started asking questions, I felt even better. I taught 1/2 a day on 2O/2O contacts, and 1/2 a day on running contacts – I love the running contacts seminars in particular, not because I feel particularly comfortable with the topic, but because it’s a topic that people have a lot of questions on.
So, ask away! Chances are, even if you think your question isn’t that great, it is, and the seminar presenter is probably hoping somebody will ask something! 🙂