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July 14, 2012


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Marcia Yudkin


All good points. There is an additional dynamic going on in this situation. A lot of people don't know how to answer questions (or are unwilling to).

It seems like a simple skill, answering a question. However, when I have had the opportunity to review grant and contest applications, I saw scores of intelligent people answering a straightforward question with the answer for a quite different question or with totally irrelevant information.

Part of it is inattention. Another part is not appreciating how important it is to answer the question asked. And another part is wanting to convey different information than what was asked for.

Maybe also it's that in so many situations, we get away with not answering exactly what was asked that many of us find it hard to do this when it's important to do so.

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Great points, Marcia. Regarding not answering the question asked, people have repeatedly told me they did not hire a vendor or consultant because the individual did not answer the questions asked on the RFP (request for proposals). That is, they did not provide what the question asked.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.



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