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​Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification

“If you don’t understand something clearly that you are being taught …speak up.

If you feel something is confusing or you are unsure of exactly what to do …ask about it

If you need clarification or something repeated to make sure you got it …request it

If you feel lost, forgot something or feel like you are falling behind …bring it up

Nodding your head, saying “yeah yeah” and pretending to know things you don’t is right up there with the worst things you can do for you and your career”

Loren Weisman, Author

The amazing quote opposite pretty much says it all. Early on in your career you may think it a sign of weakness to admit that you don’t fully understand what’s being explained to you. We now don’t think twice about seeking clarification if we don’t get something the first (or second, or third, or fourth) time around. Be the first to speak up if you don’t understand. Use self-deprecating humor to cover your embarrassment (“this may be a dumb question, but I’m going to ask it anyway”). Have the courage to keep asking until you are totally clear on something – don’t pretend to understand then regret it later.