I find audiences very peculiar. They don’t ask questions after a session is over.
When I go to a session, an event, a meeting or to a talk, there’s a good reason why I am spending my time there. Otherwise I don’t go.
So when I am there, I want to ask questions to clarify and clear doubts. I want to learn new things.
I am not afraid if I look stupid in front of others, because my biggest resource is time, and it needs better care.
From experience I found, it is only my questions that can make my time spent worthwhile in many occasions. Here’s an example.
Extra tip: I am an avid google maps user, but I stop by and ask from people about the place I am going. I am pleasantly surprised by the knowledge I get.
I found most of the time, the reason I do not want to ask questions is the fear of rejection.
Steve Jobs explains this in less than 2 minutes: