Are you in the wrong danger zone?

There is a saying we use when we know we are nowhere near being an expert, we say we know “just enough to be dangerous”.

What if you believe you know enough to do the task, but not enough to know that you are “dangerous”? This condition is part of the Dunning Kruger effect. Where you know a little bit about something, but not enough to how incompetent you might be.

Dunning and Kruger were graduate students at Cornell University when they first explored this concept of knowing enough to do a task but not enough to know you are “dangerous”. They discovered that people in this state tend to “hold overly favourable views of their abilities”.

Believing that you are good at something when in fact you are not is a danger zone. One that you don’t want to be in. I see this all the time with people doing sales presentations. People don’t know they are being ineffective, that their key points won’t be remembered. Studying presentation design/delivery techniques will take you a long way. It can help you get a place where you are dangerous to your competitors.

And that’s the danger zone you want to be in.

Joe Pops R2BB

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