You Don’t Have To Know It All

We all have this feeling inside us that makes us want to appear smarter than we really are.  I have it.  You have it.  It is us not wanting to appear vulnerable.  But I think every once in a while it’s ok to not know everything.

Let me give you an example.  One of my favorite books is Decision Points by George W. Bush (don’t worry, we’re not going to get political.)  On his second day in office, the topic of stem cell research was brought up.  President Bush stopped the conversation and asked for an explanation of what is stem cell research.

In the example above, I see the Leader of the Free World admitting he doesn’t know it all.  That’s pretty big!

Now it’s important to set aside some caricatures of President Bush in the mainstream media (i.e. Saturday Night Live.)  This man obviously did not get to be President by being a slouch.

As an event planner, you have teams to lead.  They may not work directly for you, but they’re sound engineers, multi-media producers, caters and others.  Every once in a while, it’s ok to stop them and ask for an explanation of something they said.

Let’s look at the sound engineers.  They deal with lots of technical jargon.  Speaking from someone in the entertainment business, I have to stop them and ask for an explanation.  And it’s ok.

All it takes is a polite reminder that you don’t work in that area.  They’ll be very understanding, and take the time to talk you through an issue.  Especially when you’re paying them for their time.

I hope this post will remind you that we’re all humans.  It’s ok to be one and not appear to know it all.