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Old 07-01-2018, 09:58 PM   #1
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Being a 4th year apprentice now I feel like I should be able to answer younger apprentices questions and non electricians questions but when someone ask me anything I like freeze. I mean most times I know the answers but when I'm try to explain it things come out bad and I end up correcting myself over and over until I look like I'm just guessing. And I have no problem saying I don't know to a question i just don't know how to confidently answer a question
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Comes with confidence, but some folks no matter how good they are at their jobs have difficulties describing their job to others.
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Some people are good do-ers. Some people are good splain-ers. Some people can do both. Stick with what you're good at. There's no shame in it.
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IMO it's because there's different levels of understanding, to know the material is one thing, but you have to really just know it COLD to be able to explain well to someone else.
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If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull****.
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I used to work with an old man (RIP, Earl Shughart), that was an excellent tradesman but he'd sometimes need a spell to answer a question. If I'd ask him something difficult, he'd generally say to me, "That's a really good question. I'll get back to you on that". He'd jot it down on a scrap of paper in his always overflowing shirt pocket of notes. Later that day, or sometimes days later, he'd rummage around for the note he wrote the question on and give me his well composed and thoughtful answer.
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You're a 4th year apprentice, don't beat yourself up over it. 10 years from now you will be able to explain your work much better and have the confidence. Through a ton of repetition you will eventually be able to retain certain things that might contribute to you freezing up right now. You lack the confidence because you are just an apprentice, you haven't been given enough time to learn and retain the materials used and what words to use for certain things, all that comes with time.

I'm just going off my own experience. Over time it'll slowly change. 4 years is not enough. There's basically no apprentice in my company that can explain a job from top to bottom, it's just the way it is. The one thing I've learned about the electrical trade that I underestimated, is just the vast amount of knowledge to be learned. It's overwhelming in your apprenticeship years, even as a Journeyman I'd say. I'm in the same boat as you. At least you care enough to hit the forums up, eventually that sort of drive will put you ahead of your peers.
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Absolutely wrong. If you don't know, admit it.
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Absolutely wrong. If you don't know, admit it.
Yeah, that was a joke. I bet you're a lot of fun at parties.
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It might be worth it by starting with a qualifier like, "I'm not very good at explaining things but I will try". That sort of let's you off the hook and a little bit of humility can go a long ways. You will probably find that you end up explaining things very well.
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It might be worth it by starting with a qualifier like, "I'm not very good at explaining things but I will try". That sort of let's you off the hook and a little bit of humility can go a long ways. You will probably find that you end up explaining things very well.
It's like starting out with the obligatory Canadian apology.
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Yeah, that was a joke. I bet you're a lot of fun at parties.
Many, Many, Many electricians try the dazzle them with BS when they don't know the answer to questions.

The best answer, if you are not sure or plain do not know is I am not sure but I'll get the answer and with the internet that is a simple task.
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Some people are good do-ers. Some people are good splain-ers. Some people can do both. Stick with what you're good at. There's no shame in it.
I’m a professional ‘splainer now. I was never that good as a doer, at least from a profitability standpoint, because I was too slow, partly because I would over ‘splain things, even to myself.

I also, have a problem, with commas...
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Go home and ask yourself the questions that you are being asked and work on a way to feel comfortable with the answer. If you truly have a grasp of the question then you should be able to formulate an answer , at home, that you can use later
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An old friend in high school was a master at that. He came across as so confident when he answered a question that everyone believed him. Meanwhile he doesnt no sh*t!



He was a pro at picking up girls too, all due to his confidence.

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An old friend in high school was a master at that. He came across as so confident when he answered a question that everyone believed him. Meanwhile he doesnt no sh*t!



He was a pro at picking up girls too, all due to his confidence.
I knew a guy that could BS his way into any job, he had been hired as an electrician, electrical engineer, with no electrical background inspector (several types), project manager for a concrete company, in the one year he had 26 jobs, he received 26 W2 forms from employers for the IRS.

I kept telling him to move into sales.
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Many, Many, Many electricians try the dazzle them with BS when they don't know the answer to questions.

The best answer, if you are not sure or plain do not know is I am not sure but I'll get the answer and with the internet that is a simple task.

I used to do an evaluation test, then teach a class on troubleshooting to mechanics.


My grading system was,
4 points for correct
3 points for close
2 points for a blank answer
0 points for a wrong answer.


If someone left the test blank they would just pass, but start guessing and you would fail. I always thought it was better to say I don't know then guess.
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