Questions and Answers

[Pay] more attention to the question than to the answer and never [be] afraid to go in an opposite direction to find a solution. (Richard Saul Wurman, author)

There are two ways to consider this advice: 1) A good question may, indeed, cause you to think differently and actually change your mind, deciding to move in a new direction. 2) Pay attention to the questioner before you start forming your answer mentally. When we answer too quickly, we may miss the questioner’s intention entirely. Listen well! Respond thoughtfully.

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen [and] slow to speak (James 1:19).