Asking Questions | Career Angles

I have spent many years being trained to know everything and having others expect that I will.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I coach. I help people be more effective in
the workplace, job search, hiring, managing and leading-- overall just being more
effective at work. Asking questions.. There seems to be a cultural taboo for a
lot of people, myself included at times, about asking questions as though we're
supposed to know everything, that we can have something explained to us one time
and we should know EXACTLY how to do it, why it's done that way, everything we're
told when someone else showed it to us the first time. We have committed to
memory with perfection. How do we get that message? Again, I think of school and
school is an environment where you're told to shut up and do what you're told
regurgitate a lot of things when we tell you to do it or else! And, in the
workplace, tit carries through in much the same way where we get the message
pretty early on that unless you know the answer, you fail. YOU FAIL! YOU'RE A LOSER!
I don't know how it is for you but. I spent a lot of years masquerading as
someone who knew everything I push that myself as knowledgeable and effective
and I've made it a deliberate practice out of saying to people, "You know, I don't
know. Could you explain that to me, please? and they kind of look sharp
I mean, you don't know, as though everyone's supposed to know but I don't
and it has been wonderful to take that burden off me-- needing to know everything
Must be right all the time so that I can just be a human being, again, instead of
being this perfect individual . isn't it gonna be easier for you if you just try
it every day. Like one situation where you catch yourself saying, "I know," but you
really don't and just simply say, "you know, I'm not
sure. Could you explain to me," and watch what happens. I think you'll feel a
lot more comfortable. You'll learn a lot more and you don't have to resort to
being perfect. I'm Jeff Altman, hope you found this
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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1700 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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