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In all likelihood, if you've found your way to this website over here in our little spot on the Internet, YOU have the experience, knowledge, and credentials to be an expert in SOMETHING.

That means there is a topic (or maybe there are multiple topics) where you can make a credible claim to be able to offer insights, ideas, and commentary where you are the source. In these cases, you don't have to rely on someone else for credibility. You can step up and share what you know and think.

If that idea makes you squirm, run for cover, or get ready to explain why you're not an expert, read this list. It should help you come to grips with your “expertise.”

8 Things to Understand about Being an Expert

Expertise

Here is what it means to be an expert:

  1. You don't have to be an expert in everything.
  2. Your expertise could be in just one, fairly narrow topic.
  3. Even if you expertise is narrow, you can generalize it and apply it to analogous or comparable situations.
  4. You may have to do homework on yourself and your own background to flesh out the definition and range of your expertise.
  5. You don't have to be smarter than other people in the field.
  6. You don't have to be more experienced than other people in the field.
  7. You do have to be able to draw a line around and articulate what your expertise is and on what you are making the claim for expertise.
  8. Just because you're an expert in something doesn't mean you have to write a blog or start tweeting up a storm.

Does that help?

Claim your expertise, and start proving it – today, and every day after that! - Mike Brown

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