Don't underestimate staffers.
Don't Underestimate staffers. Agree
Respect their capabilities unless proved otherwise.👍😊
What are the parallels to staffers in other countries? Do you know how similar/different it is?
Why, it is almost as if they did not have any mothers, wives, daughters, granddaughters, nieces, aunts, or other female friends within their circle. Oh, and mothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, etc.
On the other hand, was it really proper and polite to expect them to just accept your expertise and knowledge*, without any indication that you were Rep X's designated staff person to address things energy and marine related?
*And of course many people with 4+ years of OJT have learned enough real world practical stuff to be equivalent to the exposure obtained via a 4 year degree in a related field.