How do you react when someone tells you something that you already know? Do you pretend that you didn’t know it, launch into a detailed explanation that proves you know it better, graciously listen to what they are saying and ask pertinent questions?
Part of your strategy in handling the situation is probably dependent upon the setting of the encounter, as well as the status of the person relating the information in comparison to you. Who but the most tone deaf among us would think to jump in when the CEO of the company is putting forth an anecdote?
To me, this is one of the tests that help us to gauge our maturity. Age gives us the wisdom to understand the best course of action. Allowing for little hiccups along the way, like for me when the topic is really interesting.
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