Greg is a quiet man. A great listener and a wise counsel. Highly educated, not necessarily sought after as a source of knowledge but he is deeply trusted by those who know him. To him the term “elevator pitch” involves a baseball and a small room.
Paul is gregarious. Outspoken, opinionated, highly educated and not frightened to tell everyone what he thinks. Famous in his field, Paul is sought after as a speaker and would walk into any room and everyone in the room knows who he is and they immediately know his personal brand. He can recite his elevator pitch in seven different languages.
I worked with Paul and Greg over the years, one was an associate and one was a client. Paul is wonderful in small doses and has infectious levels of energy. But all that energy can be overbearing and that high level of confidence can lead to him providing opinions outside his field of expertise. And because of the imprimatur that comes with his personal brand people will follow those opinions like sheep.
Give me Greg any day of the week. Although underestimated by many, when he speaks you know it’s a carefully thought out response and he will only provide advice that he is confident is correct. He may be underestimated by lots of people but not by me.
In a world where we have insta-celebrities providing advice to people on everything from personal hygiene to solutions to poverty, the world needs to take the time to listen to those quiet, thoughtful experts that might not have the big name.