‘The fake it until you make it days have long since passed’

by Grace

The fake it until you make it days have long since passed, and for most people I know fast and slick equals not credible. 

I’m a little disappointed.  Faking it has sometimes been a reliable mode of operation for me.  Actually, it’s more a case of acting more confident than I am feeling and accepting that I will never have all the information before I need to make a recommendation.  In these cases, “fast and slick” works better than “slow and pondering”.  But I agree that some subject matter expertise is a core factor of credible leadership.

This bit of  wisdom was included in Number 9 on Forbes‘ list of 10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders.

9. When you speak, know what you’re talking about: Develop a technical command over your subject matter. If you don’t possess subject matter expertise, few people will give you the time of day. Most successful people have little interest in listening to those individuals who cannot add value to a situation or topic, but force themselves into a conversation just to hear themselves speak. The fake it until you make it days have long since passed, and for most people I know fast and slick equals not credible. You’ve all heard the saying “it’s not what you say, but how you say it that matters,” and while there is surely an element of truth in that statement, I’m here to tell you that it matters very much what you say. Good communicators address both the “what” and “how” aspects of messaging so they don’t fall prey to becoming the smooth talker who leaves people with the impression of form over substance.

Another recommendation is to “speak to groups as individuals”.  You can read the entire list of communication secrets here.

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