AEE 724: How to Be Upfront About Your Skills at Work in English

how to be honest about your skills in English

Today let’s start with a quote: “If you are the smartest person in the room then you are in the wrong room”

Do you agree with this quote?

Can you think of a time when you were in a place where the people really challenged you?

I like the idea of always trying to challenge ourselves to be better and to move to the next level.

Today we’re going to talk about what to say in English when someone offers you an opportunity at work, but it’s not within your skill set.

Sometimes our skills will transfer and it makes sense to say yes to the opportunity and other times it’s completely out of our skill set and it would be silly to try to take on the task.

 

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How to warn someone who offers you an opportunity if you don’t have the skills:

 

  • “Oh this sounds really interesting and just so you know, I don’t have any experience with that task.”
    • *Note- We used “and’ instead of “but” so is the person turning down the opportunity? No, they are just being upfront.
  • “This sounds great and I want to be upfront about my skills. I have never done ______.”
  • “It sounds like an incredible opportunity and I just want to let you know that I don’t have experience in this.”
  • “I would love to take advantage of this opportunity but I should be transparent and tell you that ______.”

 

Today’s takeaway:

Communicate before there is a problem.

Don’t assume that you can’t contribute to something if it doesn’t seem directly related to your work.

 

What questions do you have from today?

Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Joey

    Be upfront about our skills, and face the music.

  • Your offer sounds (really) interesting/great/like an incredible opportunity , and just so you know/I want to be upfront/let you know/ but I should be transparent to tell you that marketing is not within/is completely out of my teaching skill set/ I don’t have any experience with marketing task/in marketing/I have never done marketing in my whole life.

    Transparency won’t derail your life . The impact can bring good results. It is like coming out of a dark tunnel into the light. You have a chance to renew and grow.