Posted by: kerrywills | December 9, 2016

Opinions and Expertise


You know what they say about opinions..that everyone has one. This is absolutely true in business and on programs. I have found, though, that having an opinion does not mean that someone is necessarily an expert. Yet in many cases, opinions stated confidently are seem as credible (I learned this in “consulting school” years ago). I am in several meetings a day where many people need to jump in just to be heard and in some cases these opinions are not based on fact or not related to the conversation.

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There is a fine balance because I believe that people should be heard and feel like they are involved so they take ownership and responsibility. But, on the other hand, we can’t have hours of discussion or nothing will ever get accomplished. So I believe we need to have strong facilitation skills to be able to guide the conversation so people are heard but also move things along. It is also critical to understand who the real experts are and “weight” their opinions a little heavier.

But, this is all just my opinion and what do I know?

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  1. Good opinion !! … Love the part “Yet in many cases, opinions stated confidently are seem as credible” … My experience excatly !! The crux of successfull meetings …”we need to have strong facilitation skills to be able to guide the conversation so people are heard but also move things along”.


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