I work with a bunch of people specializing in many things, most of them way more experienced than me. Even the managers at the company where I work are experienced tech professionals.
I often encounter this confusing situation at meetings where I wish to ensure that everyone understands what I am saying, because it is an important part of the deliberation. My managers and co-workers are not incompetent, rather they are 10x more competent than me, but since they usually would have worked with older technologies, it would be safe to say that they usually lack knowledge of the newer technologies(something that I work on). (For the people from tech industry, an example would be they have always worked with ASP .NET and I work on the MEAN stack). This becomes especially confusing when it is a mix of people in the room with some people having a little idea of what I am talking and some people have no idea at all
So my question is?
- Should I even try to explain it to them/ ask if they are following what I am trying to explain? This is usually important because decisions are taking collectively, with various people deciding on key areas of a project.
- Is there a way to do this without patronizing/mansplaning or offending your colleagues who are all more experienced than you?
- Should I just take a third approach where I later privately ask people later if they are following? This would be a safer choice as people would be more candid and open, but it is a logistical nightmare, especially with bigger meetings.
Any input is appreciated!