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  • Writer's pictureAustin Aloysius Tay

Everyone is now an expert…

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

I recently attended a webinar that advertised the speaker as an expert in workplace toxicity. I looked forward to the webinar to listen to the speaker’s perspectives and research. I was all ears and ready to take notes.

The webinar started with an introduction from the host and then the speaker. The speaker used an anecdotal example to elaborate on the circumstances of how workplace toxicity can take place. The story’s focus was how communication could create opportunities for toxicity in the workplace to happen.

Next, the speaker shared a qualitative study conducted with her clients about their toxicity experience in the workplace. There was also a slide on how the various parts of the brain will light up when someone has experienced toxicity in the workplace. If you are still reading and feeling confused, this was how I felt on the webinar. I frantically wrote some questions and sent them to the host. I waited patiently for the speaker to answer. One of my questions was asked but not answered. I must confess that some of my questions might not be questions per se; instead, they were observations about what the speaker had said. I needed the speaker to clarify what was said and shared. I reckoned that some of my questions were unanswered because of insufficient time.

I went back to look at the webinar description for the session and the speaker’s profile and thought I might have registered for the wrong webinar. The speaker was supposed to have researched this area for years, but I heard anecdotal evidence. There were questions I wanted answers to, such as, “How can communication cause workplace toxicity?”,What is the relationship between workplace toxicity and brain activity?”

Sadly, the webinar to me, did not satisfy my expectations. Perhaps I need to lower my expectations when I sign up for any other webinar. However, one question remains – “Is it right to call yourself an expert when what you shared did not demonstrate any expertise?”

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