What to Do When You’re Asked to Get Coffee

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March 24 (Bloomberg) -- John Abell, Senior Editor at LinkedIn, discusses the social media site’s hottest topics with Trish Regan on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop."

What is the number one article people are following this week?

My personal favorite was by the ceo of -- he says when he was a postgraduate student at brown, he started a company with some students and professors, a big name comes to a meeting, introduces himself to everyone, gets to him and says would you mind getting me a cup of coffee.

So stubble says sure and does a coffee run, and they are talking about him in the room and at some point the bc says can we talk about business?

And he said we could -- the professor says we could but you just sent the ceo out for coffee.

Jeff did not get upset.

The vc was embarrassed and did not get the funding.

It was a learning, teachable moment who could have throw his weight around and said do you know who you are talking to?

He said all right.

And the other guy felt absolutely horrible.

But it broke the ice.

And you are out of the office?

What does that mean?

For some reason people say i am out of the office, i will be out for days.

Everyone knows that is not true.

Often when you send an e-mail and you get an auto reply, two minutes later the person says i am here.

So why bother?

The nuance on this is that you really should breakaway, you should go away, and the author says if you are really a way, say really.

But don't use it lightly.

My own personal outgoing message begins in the normal way, but then it trails off to say, who am i kidding?

I am online all the time.

What is the toughest interview question?

It is the toughest -- but in one persons opinion, the stupidest.

What is your weakness?

I have never asked that.

What is someone supposed to say?

That is the point.

Most of these linkedin stories got close to 1000 comments this week, and although the advice is excellent, my favorite piece of advice came in the comments from a person who says, "i have a low tolerance for stupid people asking moronic questions." and that is a moronic questions so nobody wants to say that.

You pivot and you say these are weaknesses i used to have and how i dealt with it.

You say i have not had a chance in my current position to work on the skills i will need for this one, but i am a fast learner and i will get it.

Can you say, you know what -- you cannot just say screw you unless you are an engineer in silicon valley.

But his weight to get away with that is to say that your weakness has nothing to do with the job.

If you are applying for a job as a gartner, say you are lousy at public speaking.

You have answered the question, what it has nothing to do with the job as a gardener.

That is a great piece of advice.

Something else that did well -- why you should do away with jargon.

This is from richard branson.

He is a very sort of humble, down-to-earth guy.

If you have ever flown virgin atlantic, you know their in-flight safety thing is hysterical -- no "water landing" in their parlance.

He talked about being at a meeting where someone on the other side of the table said something he did not understand.

After the meeting he said what does that mean, and the guy says, it means he wants 5% right away.

He said do not speak that way, it is ridiculous, a big turnoff.

He is absolutely right.

There is a danger in any industry to get used to a certainly go, and when you are talking to people who are not necessarily entrenched in the industry -- and we do it in financial media all the time, too -- you need to be able to break it down and explain.

It is also a crutch for people who do not know how to explain things.

That is his point as well.

We are out of time.

We have to go on linkedin to see the rest.

John, thank you very much for

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