- I possess the necessary skills to attain my goals
- I have what it takes to reach my goals
- I have the necessary knowledge to reach my goals
- I have the ability to reach my goals
This survey ultimately went on for 101 questions, and with every 'Submit' I clicked, I prayed it was the last. Normally I would've bailed at about 35 or 40 questions, but since I was affiliated with this group, I felt an obligation to fill the survey out in its entirety.
Which brings me to a guideline for conducting a questionnaire:
- If you don't ask, you can't get an answer
- If there is something wrong in the questionnaire, the survey is a waste - Test your survey with a smaller audience first to make sure they're written to elicit the type of response you're looking for.
- Think about multiple answers
- Avoid leading questions - You want unbiased true answers, not leading the respondent to the answer you desire.
- Minimize open-ended questions - While they offer a wealth of insight, they are much harder to analyze.
- Use simple, direct, and familiar vocabulary - The folks at Google did a survey in NYC and asked people on the street "What is a Browser?" - less than 8% got it right.
- Avoid unique or ambiguous meanings.
- Start with easy questions, then move onto specific questions later.
- Create an expectation of time and progress - Most web-based survey sites have a progress bar, or you can be up front about how many questions there are before they start.
- KEEP IT SHORT - Don't ask for anything you won't actually use.