Today’s topic is… YOU. This post will show you:
- Whether you are an expert
- 7 factors that influence your expert status.
The first thing to know is many experts don’t realize they are experts.
And if they do, they do not want to admit it.
At least that’s often the case here in Minnesota where there’s a culture of trying hard to never, NEVER come across braggy and boastful.
Honestly, if you’re a Minnesotan, you could win a Pulitzer and none of your family or friends would know unless they had reason to peek inside the cardboard box hidden in your closet. (Why they would snoop in your closet is a whole other discussion.)
10,000 hours and counting
Back to you and, more importantly, whether you are, indeed, an expert.
Merriam-Webster, the online dictionary, says an expert has “the special skill or knowledge representing mastery of a particular subject.”
(Yep, sounds like you!)
But does “mastery” mean? What’s involved?
According to Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000-Hour Rule,” it takes 10,000 hours of dedicated practice to master a skill.
In your case, that’s 10,000 hours dedicated to counseling, managing, selling, healing, designing, creating, fixing, entertaining, teaching, growing, baking, branding, training, promoting, writing, midwifing, sewing, accounting, lawyering or what have you.
Ten thousand hours of practice translates roughly to 3 hours a day, every day for 10 years straight.
(Whew! That’s a lot of time. I hope you are an expert on something you loooove).
7 factors influencing your expert status
Seven factors contribute to how others perceive your reputation as an expert.
According to Wikipedia, these include your (1) credentials, (2) training, (3) education, (4) profession, (5) publication or (6) experience.
I’m going to add another key factor: (7) social proof, such as customer testimonials, endorsements, awards and publicity.
Social proof means other people and organizations vouch for your expertise or view you as an expert. (Publication, which Wikipedia cites, is another powerful form of social proof.)
You can tap one or more of these 7 factors to further build your influence as an expert if you choose. Publishing articles in industry magazines, adding testimonials to your website, or sharing publicity on your company are excellent ways to communicate with your customers.
You, The Expert
See? You’re an expert, or you will be if you stick to practicing your chosen skill.
Plus, now you know the 7 factors that influence your perceived status as an expert.
I’m glad you’re You, The Expert!
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I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment below:
What’s one area in which you rule as expert? Do NOT be modest!