139: Confidence and Authenticity and "I Don't Know"

139: Confidence and Authenticity and Saying “I Don’t Know”

Authenticity is great – if you can fake that, you’ve got it made!

Confidence is often a big challenge for product managers, because so much of the time we are in the realm of uncertainty.

But to be persuasive we need to be confident – our audience is more likely to be persuaded by a confident person.

So what do we do?

We act confident.

But that’s not authentic, is it? I don’t care. It’s effective. And authenticity is overrated and misunderstood.

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