Written by: Catalina Lizarralde
No matter how much people tell you there are no dumb questions and that you should ask everything you don’t understand; there is something about not wanting to sound stupid that makes you think twice before just saying anything. Moreover, when the people around are experts dealing with the business you are trying to understand… you really don’t want to be that blank “puff” brain sitting in the middle of the meetings. .
So tip #1: Always take note of those million things you didn’t understand then go to your desk and figure them out! You can Google, research or ask the next youngest employee to explain them to you (trust me he had the same or maybe even more questions). So, really is not that bad…
Now, what about that other type of questions that you never get any training on? I am talking about things like how to get the stupid coffee machine to brew decent tasting coffee, or how to get the fax machine to work on the first attempt, or how to reach the people that set the air conditioning at crazy temperatures that make me feel like winter in Ohio, even how to find the conference rooms in an office space were the number sequence makes no sense at all.
As much as I have avoided looking intern-like, I have been defeated by some of this anti-friendly tech office equipment so I am going to tell you some of my stories so you can laugh with me and not at me.
Anyways… just wanted to share some of the funny beginner mistake I have done so far and I think in a way admit the fact that you can’t always be a super intern. Its hard to feel comfortable asking many questions and not sound dumb to yourself, but others are actually expecting your questions and its better to ask them before making silly mistakes, loosing time or playing with your or others security (from now on I will always hold the stairs handle.. I promise. Ha-ha-ha