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I'm going to a seminar on dealing with difficult people at work, and my manager just told me that he expects me to make a presentation about the seminar to the rest of our group when I return. I don't want to do it. Is it fair for him to make this request?

It should not take a seminar on difficult people at work for you to realize that you are behaving like one right now. Your company is spending money for you to attend the seminar and is also paying your salary while you are away. It is not asking too much for you to share what you have learned.

There is growing emphasis today on managing the knowledge that employees bring to work and having employees play a greater role in educating each other. Being expected to educate your co-workers after attending a seminar is part of this trend.

The fact that management selected you to attend this seminar can easily be interpreted as a vote of confidence in you. And further, having a chance to present new information to your fellow employees is a real opportunity to showcase yourself.

You are actually going to learn far more in the seminar because you are going to be doing some training afterwards. You should approach this entire project with positive expectations, and that's just how difficult people should be approached as well.

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