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Like your teachers said in school, or should’ve said if they didn’t, is there is never a stupid question at a conference. All questions should be welcomed. But that doesn’t mean that some questions aren’t the wrong ones to ask. But it’s those wrong questions that often make the best lessons for everyone in the room. Never fear being the one to ask that question.


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