“I don’t know”

You’re speaking publicly, you are prepared, and you are about to finish. The feeling of excitement and accomplishment lingers in your stomach as you feel successful. “You’ve done a good job!” you might think to yourself. Now, it’s time for questions. You know all the answers. Then, someone asks you a question that you don’t know the answer to… What do you do?


Have you ever been in this situation? Honestly, I have and it hurts my pride. However, I have learned that it is so much better as a communications professional to say the simple words “I don’t know.


Why is that hard to learn?—The fear of seeming incompetent and vulnerable can threaten any communicator or leader. Regardless, something happens when we admit to not know everything, when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable; we become human, relatable, welcoming, and humble.


“Authenticity isn’t something you have. It’s something you choose,” – Susan Scott, Fierce Conversations.

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I write this, not that I am an expert in humility and authenticity, but simply to remind myself as I write and read this.

2 Responses

  1. Kim

    Hi Teresa! I like your blog! I can relate to the 2 I’ve read so far, so I’m looking forward to your posts! One question, though: Am I allowed to quote you on my Twitter feed? For example, from the above post, “I Don’t Know”, I want to Tweet: “….something happens when we admit to not know everything….we become human, relatable, welcoming, and humble.” _Teresa Blay.

    I actually like your quote better than the one cited in the post LOL. Anyway, just wanted to ask your permission, or not. Thank you!! Kim

    1. Hi Kim,
      What an honor. Yes of course you can tweet my blog as you want to. My profile is @teresablay if you want to put a handle on it.
      I am happy you found my blog useful. I’m in the middle of writing a new blog post.
      Happy to connect with you!

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