“We’d love to hire you, but you don’t have any experience.” – too many potential employers to count said to fresh college grads post interviews for their first jobs

“Really…you’re speaking at a TED(x) event? Well, let me see what I can do [now that I know that]…” – a few prospective clients, yet uncommitted

Ever had one of those experiences above happen to you?

What is it about credibility? What is it about supposed experience in doing something that makes the selection of someone who has not done the requested task or attempted feat all the sudden credible and desirable?

Is this starfish less credible as a starfish since it's out of water?

Is this starfish less credible as a starfish since it’s out of water?

Fresh out of college, I remember hearing that first line too much. Why are you telling me this? If you were interested enough to interview me, and go through all those hoops to do so, why did you just waste my time and yours and get hopes up only to tell me you had no intention to hire me in the first place? It’s wrong to set someone up for that kind of scenario – in all directions and for many reasons.

Innovators and explorers didn’t interview nor ask for permission. They went for it.

As a soon to be TEDxNapaValley speaker (4/12/15), it’s baffling to me that when I mention that I’ll be speaking, new found interest rears it’s head. Really, they say….well, that changes things.

How? How does it change things when one minute before we were talking about the issue I called you about, and now you’re interested. What shifted? What changed in those short 60 seconds before I shared that nugget with you?

Exactly nothing changed.

What changed in your mind is that I now have some sort of mystically attractive element. Now you want to see what them choosing me was all about. Now I’m credible.

It’s fascinating and maddening all at once.

And I’m the same person I was 60 seconds ago.

It’s like beer companies and the sales within the industry which are starting to happen more, and more publicly. The beer isn’t changing. In fact if the “smaller” company is being bought by a “bigger” one, then the beer quality may likely improve. Small isn’t where credibility lies. Credibility lies in the execution of vision of the people in the organization.

The cred of ted. I’ll circle back post event to let you know how it went and share the video.

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