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Asking Questions at Clinics Increases Your Return on Investment

Rely on your inquisitive nature to better your understanding of topics

I have attended many farrier clinics and conventions over the years. They are a great resource to connect with other farriers and equine professionals and to learn more about our craft.

While in attendance, I sometimes found myself frantically scribbling down whatever wisdom or advice was being dispensed. More often than not, I was taking these notes while the clinician had moved on to the next point or topic. 

We have all been in the situation where someone in the audience or classroom interrupts the proceedings with a question or observation. They needed clarification on something they missed or misunderstood. Sometimes it can be difficult to follow what is being discussed by the presenter at the moment, especially if you are confused about something that was said before, it can be beneficial for the other attendees to hear that question.  

Well, I am that guy.

I do not know how many times someone has approached me at lunch or during a break in the programming — often a newer member of the sponsoring association or someone who is attending one of their first clinics or conventions — and they thank me for asking a question earlier. More often than not, the “thank you” is followed by, “I was wondering the same thing.” 

My reply has always been “Well, why the hell didn’t you ask the question then?” 

I would tell them that I paid good money to be at the clinic and there were other things I could be doing…

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David hazlett

David Hazlett CJF

David Hazlett is a certified journeyman farrier based in Ellensburg, Wash. He has been shoeing for nearly 50 years.

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