Experts Who Are Real

It is possible to deepen the connection with others even further by relating your relationship with the expert. Did you read the works of Bertrand Russell as a teenager growing up in the Bronx? Did your father talk to you about life on fall evenings on the porch in San Diego? Did you read every speech that John F. Kennedy ever delivered? Did you study Zen koans at a temple in Kyoto? Explaining the source of your respect for the authority deepens the level of intimacy with others, adding to your credibility and your humanity, encouraging their engagement with you and the change you are advocating.

Many of the greatest lessons I have learned have come from people who are close to me and who have gained their expertise through ...

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