You may have heard me say, "You can make a living beating people better than you!"...
I say that because that's how I made my wares as a professional athlete. When I seek out training for myself, I do not want to be the best in the room! When I conduct a Corporate Training, I am acutely aware of not only the talent and knowledge of those whom I am training, but also the FACT that there are other, possibly BETTER choices.
So... why am I telling you to look for someone better than me? Well, I don't need to tell you that because if you are looking for a corporate trainer or speaker, you are looking for someone who suits your teams wants, needs, and expectations. Hopefully, they also align with the character, values, and mission.
As a pro athlete, I learned early on that I didn't need to be the best to beat the best. It was about executing a very specific plan that accentuated my strengths and minimized my weaknesses. EVERYTHING was in progress during training, practice, and competition. Every race prepared me for the next. It was when I thought I had it all figured out... or when I wasn't necessarily challenged; that I found myself struggling.
I was at my best when I was working at being the best, NOT when I thought I was the best.
How many times have we seen a professional team hire "the best" athlete, only to have an underwhelming season? How many times have we been surprised by the fact that "the best" statistical analysis led us down the wrong path... #Election2016, #NFLplayoffs, #FinalFour...? On paper, that investment should have been golden. On paper, that team should have won. On paper, that expert should have predicted X was going to happen.
The right person, may not be the best. The best person, may not be right.
As we all know (though may not practice), finding the right fit is more important than finding the best... whatever it is you are looking for. On the surface, sure, a Mercedes AMG, a Coach purse, or those trendy cupcakes or cookies everyone waits in line for may be the "best". But, in truth, once experienced, they may be unreliable, overrated, or just not that good. In TRUTH, what may be best for you, is that classic 911, a $40 tote bag, and the donuts from the Chinese lady who only takes cash.
There are many ways to be, show, and HAVE success.
As a Corporate Trainer and Speaker, I DO NOT pretend to know more about YOUR business than you do. Your company has a mission. Your team has goals. Your organization has a culture. And mostly, I am guessing you not only want to win, but win in a way that meets your goals, satisfies your mission and suits the culture.
It's about fit and finish.
P.S. There is value to your feeling inadequate amongst other high achievers. The trick is to allow yourself to rise to the occasion and the company. It's a great opportunity to learn and practice humility.