When in doubt, paraphrase the question

A simple technique for answering questions better –

Step 1 – If you are certain you understood the question, answer it directly.

Step 2 – If you are in doubt, paraphrase what you heard in your own words to make sure you’re answering the right question.

It is tempting to shoot for efficiency and aim to just answer every question that comes at you.

But, constant attempts at efficiency often come at the cost of effectiveness.