Post # 1
So, my company’s corporate director of sales volunteered me and another editor to speak during a sales training meeting in a week and a half. If the subject matter that we’re expected to speak about is something that I feel knowledgeable enough to present, then sure — except that it’s on something of which I have no knowledge. I do NOT know what I’m going to do.
I was asking one of my colleagues (and best friends) during lunch today (offsite, so in a “safe zone”) what she thinks of the situation, and she says that I should explain to said corporate director that I haven’t really had any instrumental part in this topic I’ve been assigned; therefore, my knowledge may not be useful. But I’m thinking that if I do that, it would reflect poorly on me and make me look like I’m not a “team player.” (Ohhh, how I hate that phrase.) I’ve thought about bringing it up to my boss — who would likely be quite understanding — but I wouldn’t want to have it reflect poorly there, either.
How would you handle the situation?
Post # 3
heh the only experience I have this is with the military.. and I got “voluntold” to do this stuff all the time.
For your situation I think it depends. How unreasonable is it for you to get familiar with the material? Some things are a not too bad and you can look at this as a way to expand your expertise. But other things are more for the experts and you should definitely say something.
Post # 4
Darling Husband is going to a conference in a few weeks where one of his peers will be speaking on Customer Satisfaction Surveys. His peer has a 35% (where 100% is perfect) rating in the topic he’s giving a talk on.
Fake it ’till you make it, baby!
Post # 5
@Woodstock: It isn’t something with which I couldn’t get familiar — but I think I was an odd choice. I’m quite introverted and, therefore, not a public speaker, so why I was chosen for this is a mystery!
Post # 6
@BrandNewBride: Maybe they’re hoping his coworker will learn something while preparing his presentation 😉
Post # 7
@leenh78: well maybe the more stuff you do like this will make you a better public speaker! It’s always a good thing to have that skill, even if you hate doing it (I know I do!)