5 tips: How to Answer Weird Questions?

Answering weird questions can be challenging, but it's important to approach them with an open mind and a willingness to engage in conversation. Here are some tips for answering weird questions:

1) Clarify the Question

If you're not sure what the person is asking, ask them to clarify or rephrase the question. This can help ensure that you're addressing their actual concern.

2) Take a Moment to Think

If the question catches you off guard, take a moment to gather your thoughts before responding. It's okay to say, "Let me think about that for a moment" before answering.

3) Be Respectful

Even if the question seems strange or inappropriate, it's important to respond in a respectful and professional manner. Avoid getting defensive or dismissive.

4) Provide a Thoughtful Response

Once you understand the question, provide a thoughtful response that addresses their concern. Be honest and transparent, and provide any relevant information or resources that may be helpful.

5) Redirect if Necessary

If the question is inappropriate or not relevant to the conversation, it's okay to politely redirect the conversation. You can say something like, "That's an interesting question, but let's focus on the topic at hand."
Remember, everyone has different perspectives and experiences, so what may seem like a weird question to you may be a legitimate concern for someone else. By approaching weird questions with empathy and an open mind, you can build stronger relationships and foster a more inclusive environment.
Gregory Balon, BEsmart Partner, Public Communications and Speaking Trainer
Gregory Balon
BEsmart Partner, Public Communications and Speaking Trainer
If you're still feeling unsure about how to answer weird questions, don't hesitate to seek out guidance or support from a trusted colleague or mentor. They may be able to provide you with additional insights or strategies for handling these types of situations.

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