Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Try me and see

There is an instructor who works in my department came into my office with a student and they were looking for my boss. I told them that my boss wasn't in and if there was something I could help them with. The instructor, who does tend to have a nasty attitude at times, asked when will the boss be back. I never give a specific time because things happen that may prevent her from being back in the office at that time so I answered the lady and told her that the boss would probably be back in about 2 hours or so and again I asked if there was something I could help them with. The instructor then said, "There is nothing you can help me with because you wouldn't know the answer to this question."

So I'm sitting there with this look like, "you don't know until you try me and see." So that is exactly what came out of my mouth. I try not to be rude anyway but sometimes you just have to stand your ground to let these people know where you are coming from. So the student began to speak and say what he had to say and right then and there, I was able to answer the question and give him the info he needed. The instructor looks at me like I wasn't suppose to know the answer, like it was beneath me or something. I kindly asked if there was anything else I could do for them and they said no, and as the student and the instructor were leaving, the student turned to say thank you. I told him that he was welcome. Before assuming you think I don't know the answer to something, try me and see. Let me be the one to tell you that I don't know. You don't know what I know.

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