Please Ask the 101 Questions

While on this month’s monthly momentum call, Linda had a question that she wanted to ask but thought was too 101 to be worth asking.

I’ll tell you the same thing I told her: a) no question is too 101 or basic to be worth asking and b) please ask 101 or basic questions. The richest and best conversations often come from these questions, and, truth be told, most of the things that vex us aren’t really complicated or complex.

On days in which I’m on it, I remember to answer the simple and basic questions preemptively, but it’s incredibly helpful to be reminded to go over some of it because people may not have heard it before. On something like our calls, you never know what people know and what they don’t; people join the calls at different stages of familiarity with what we do here and, besides, it’s helpful to hear useful concepts multiple times.

It’s helpful to hear useful concepts multiple times.

This goes for any interaction you might ever have with me, whether it’s in the comments, in-person, on a call, on a radio show or guest appearance, or whatever. I’d much rather talk about planning, productivity, motivation, creativity, tools for action, and so on – at any level – and have a fruitful, constructive, and interesting conversations than to comment on the weather, sports, and great movies. Honestly.

So: please ask me the 101, basic, and simple questions. I’ll speak loosely for other teachers, bloggers, and leaders and ask you to ask it them these questions, too. It’s a help to all of us.

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  1. Anna Simmonds says

    Each time I get asked a 101 question it helps me appreciate my own perspective on the subject. It’s easy to get so caught up in something you forget what it’s like to be a beginner, and it’s easy to lose appreciation for your own ability.

    Being asked the same or similar questions also makes *me* better over time as I get more and more effective in explaining, sharing, and developing concepts with others.

    In my own learning I’ve found that hearing 101 concepts again is even more helpful when I have more information to put the 101 concepts in context.

    So please – do ask the 101 questions. It’ll help everyone in the conversation!

  2. Janice says

    I just bought the Premium Planners and need help filling in my objectives on my computer. I used the signature function with the PDF which was slow and cumbersome but did let me type in the information, however it didn’t line up on the pre-printed lines. Also, when I tried to save what I’d typed I received a message that said I couldn’t save it. Should I have saved the original file in something other than a PDF? Is there a way to be able to save the completed form? How can I get the information to line up on the lines or at least between them? Thanks for your help.


  3. Janice says

    I’ve developed my annual strategic planner but can’t get it to save. The done signing prompt is grayed out. Please help.

  4. Janice says

    When I fill in the information on the Monthly Action Planner for one given month, it fills in the information for all the months in the year. IE, January information is inputted on Feb through December. To enter Feb, I have to erase the infrormation for January and the new Feb information in inputted in January through December. Please help.

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