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Yes or No

I have a weird habit. I always ask contradicting questions. Especially when I am on the office communicator.

Yes or No?Image: Googled

Say, I need some clarity on creating a document. I ping my colleague as below:
‘Do we need screenshots for the instructions? Or just instruction steps will suffice?’

When the reply comes as ‘Yes’, I am confused whether the yes was for the former question or the latter. Going by experience, it would be for the first question. Still, there is a possibility that I am mistaken. I am unable to control it. Can’t I just ask ‘Do we need screenshots?’. Thereby not confusing my colleague and myself. It just irritates me so much but I realize it only after I have done the damage. Every single time!

Until later 🙂

18 Comments

  1. Ajay Kontham™

    I think you wanted them to reply with options a or b, but they replied something else. 😛

    And in such cases you should ask only one question – By that if the reply is a No, then, obviously you have to do the second one, right ?
    (Though you said that you realize after asking, I was just telling this for future reference ).

    • Keirthana

      I get your point. But the thing is somehow I end up asking contradictory questions every time. The above said is just an example. There are many a times when both the questions can be answered just by ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ and I end up cursing myself! 🙁

      *Note to self* Should be more conscious while asking Yes or No type questions

  2. Visha

    I once had my Team Lead specially writing an email to me to ask only one line questions during chat sessions 😀

    But I get you 🙂 Maybe, asking one question at a time, will help? As soon as you type the question mark, let your hand move to the space bar 😉

    • Keirthana

      He he 🙂 So you are in the club too!

      I should take your advice. As soon as the question mark is done, take a breather! Thanks for dropping by Visha, do come for more 🙂

  3. Raghavan alias Saravanan M

    Quite an interesting and a practical post 🙂 I think there is nothing wrong as it may be your style of communication. There is no such standard or agreed upon best communication.

    I would say, leave it and don’t strain too much. It may have a natural death as well, who knows! Nevertheless, it is a good observation and a pavement for improvement! 🙂

    Cheers,
    Raghavan alias Saravanan M
    Jeddah | Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    • Keirthana

      Maybe you are right anna, just that I wanted to correct it because it might not be the best communication style 🙂

  4. Raghavan alias Saravanan M

    Thanks da. I don’t deny with the crux of yours.

  5. Ajay Kontham™

    Hey,
    I just dropped by to say that you have been awarded “Creative Blogger Award”.

    The Shaded Shadows™!!!
    (Please follow this link for more details.)

    Take Care and Keep Writing.
    Cheers. 😀

    Ajay Kontham

    • Keirthana

      Well Ajay, Thanks a lot for the award, I don’t know if I deserve this, but hell yeah, I will take it! After all, there is nothing more exciting and inspiring to a blogger than some appreciation right? 🙂 😛

      I know the award comes with a lot of work 😛 I will put it up in a while 🙂

  6. Ajay Kontham™

    Of course, You deserve it.
    So, Enjoy. 😀

    Is it a lot of work ? 😛 #JustAsking

    • Keirthana

      Thanks! Your award tag is much better than most awards. 🙂 Rapid fire round is something that’s fun and I can do it quick! 🙂

  7. Ajay Kontham™

    You are welcome. 🙂
    Really, Is it ? Thank you so much.

    I tried to do something different this time, since I thought most/some people don’t like the tedious process. 🙂

  8. Guruprasad

    Why the certainty with ‘Yes’ or ‘No’? ‘Depends’ and ‘Maybe’ are more fun because “Certainty is beautiful, but uncertainty is even more beautiful” 😛 Reality is more fuzzy than binary 🙂

    • Keirthana

      Yeah, the famous ‘philosophical’ answer from you 🙂 Just because all your answers fall in the maybe and depends category, everyone cannot embrace uncertainty as gracefully as you 🙂

      Though I don’t deny your view, uncertainty is more beautiful than certainty but the plain human mind finds it hard to digest/accept uncertainty!

  9. Greenboochi

    omg! I am so like you. However harder I try, I dont think I can change this habit of mine 😀

    • Keirthana

      He he! It’s been 2 years since I wrote that post and till now I haven’t changed

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