I suppose if you did recommend this way and said “while I have never taken this course, the results (from others) are overwhelming.”
Or, “I want to take this course because I’ve heard it’s just so valuable. If you take it first, let me know how it goes.”
I guess it’s up to us … the receivers of the recommendation … to ask “have you actually taken this course?”
Simple enough, this kind of due diligence.
Why would someone recommend a course when they have not taken it?
Is it a lie to recommend this way?
I suppose there might be several reasons. Here are a few possibilities …
- They want to support the person giving the class.
- They have a vested interest (financial) in the person’s success.
- They like to ‘look good’ to others.
- It’s an “I’ll scratch your back, if you scratch mine.”
Maybe it’s not unlike giving directions to a car that slows down beside you and the passenger asks, and they are given inaccurate directions, rather than the truth which is “I’m sorry … I don’t know!”
I’m interested in your thoughts as to why people behave this way.
©Leslie Flowers May 2012, exponential personal growth expert, helps mature women re-engineer their businesses and their lives by steeping them in living life with principles and virtues. You may read her archived voluminous personal growth teachings — Drops of Awareness — at PathsofChange.com, which house each step on her own path of change over the past 10 years.