Genius Engineers, or Don't be Afraid to Ask
One thing I've noticed at engineering seminars, vendor classes and such, is the total silence that usually follows the speaker's “Does anyone have any questions...?”
Being someone that usually does, this can make me feel a bit intimidated. Am I in a room full of geniuses? If so, why are these other guys (and gals) even here?
Engineers pride themselves on their knowledge. We get paid to think for a living, and asking a question in public demonstrates to the world that we are ignorant of something. But, as the old saying goes, “You'll never know unless you ask,” unless someone else luckily asks for you. Being afraid to ask questions in such situations is similar to being afraid to fail. You may manage to avoid both, but most likely won't get very far in life.