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Are you accidentally intimidating?


Hi there! It’s Peter Winick. I’m the founder and CEO at Thought Leadership Leverage. And today I’ve got an idea to share with you and I wanted to get your thoughts and reactions as always. And that is this: Are you an accidental intimidator?

What do I mean by this?

Well lots of times authors, thought leaders, academics, experts when engaged in conversations with folks, clients, prospects, etc. might wind up intimidating them by inadvertently using jargon, or going too technical, or assuming that the other person has a level of understanding of the subject matter that’s equal to yours, or on par with what you’re typically used to. And the result of that interaction is they become intimidated. And when they’re intimidated they’re not able to lean in, they’re not able to actually take in what you’re saying because there’s there’s fear going on.

So how do you tell if you’re doing this? Well, one way you can tell if you’re doing this is just watching people’s reactions. Are they leaning in? Are they asking questions? Are they engaged? Are they pushing back and sort of taking in the conversation more in lecture mode, where they’re just a little bit glazed over taking it in maybe a head knot etc etc?

So check yourself to see if you’re doing this. It’s typically unintentional. And that’s why I call it sort of The Accidental intimidation. Love to hear your thoughts and reactions. Thanks!


Peter Winick has deep expertise in helping those with deep expertise. He is the CEO of Thought Leadership Leverage. Visit Peter on Twitter!

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