Treat Everyone as an Expert. They Might Be.

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Posted October 23, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Networking Buzz

Lou Adler’s LinkedIn blog recently talked about preventing hiring mistakes. He leads us through the reasons hiring managers often “count out” candidates. And this piece of advice stood out:

Treat people you don’t like as consultants. Sometimes candidates are nervous, sometimes they’re different in appearance or personality, and sometimes they talk with accents you don’t like. And sometimes, these are great people. To find the truth, assume they’re great, and treat them as expert consultants. After 30 minutes you might discover they are.

But Adler’s advice can be applied far beyond job interviews. Think about it. How many times have you met someone and immediately judged them? Have you met someone, heard one sentence out of their mouth and thought, “Idiot.” Sure you have. How would your life and your relationships change, though, if you treated everyone you met as an expert? Because, really, everyone’s an expert at something, right?

So the next time you meet someone – whether you’re interviewing them or just saying hello, ask yourself, “What might be this person’s expertise?” Find it, and you’ll be creating a relationship with someone you may have never known…or valued.


About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.

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