When You Don’t Know Something, Ask

Roll International Co-Chair Lynda Resnick recalls the reason she went into advertising in the first place.
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Question: What’s the best advice you ever received?

 

Lynda Resnick:            But one thing that I think is very important and it’s the reason that I got into advertising in the first place and that is if you’re in a meeting and you don’t understand something, ask.  If someone is talking to you and what they’re saying doesn’t make sense, ask them to explain it. 

Doesn’t mean you’re not smart.  And if you’re in a meeting, I guarantee you, everybody else is thinking the same thing but they’re afraid to ask.  But it’s the only way you learn.  And when I was first starting out, I didn’t know how to do advertising, someone had to teach me and the reps from the publications.  When I was a teenager, when I was, like, 17 years old, working in a dress shop, taught me how to make an ad, set type, and do all of those things.  And that’s how I learned.  And I still ask.  I try to find the smartest people I can and ask them what they think.               

 

Recorded on: March 17, 2009