By Alan Graner
The Business Dictionary http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/expert.html defines an expert as a “Professional who has acquired knowledge and skills through study and practice over the years, in a particular field or subject, to the extent that his or her opinion may be helpful in fact finding, problem solving, or understanding of a situation.”
Why become an expert?
Before becoming an expert ask yourself: Why you want to be one? Answer: Being an expert means you’re:
- Competent to deliver value.
- Respected by your peers.
- Qualified to teach others.
- Command premium rates for your services.
How To Become An Expert
How to become an expert
Inc. suggests you:
- Figure out what you’re interested in.
- Focus on one subject at a time.
- Remember that practice makes perfect.
3 Simple Steps to Becoming an Expert in Anything
Entrepreneur declares you must:
- Become an advocate and educator for your customers.
- Write articles for news sites and profession publications.
- Write a book using problem-solution format.
- Start speaking.
- Get interviewed.
7 Steps to Becoming an Expert in Your Field
Psychology Today believes expertise is derived from constant improvement. You should:
- Focus on what you can improve rather than worrying whether you have talent.
- Understand that practice doesn’t make perfect. If you always doing things the same way you’ll plateau.
- Accept that continued improvement beyond a certain point takes motivation, time and know-how…and many people lack all three.
- Pinpoint exactly what you want to improve and how to do it.
- Get specific, accurate feedback.
- Identify your next step after you’ve improved.
- Deliberately practice to push yourself to perform slightly better than normal.
- Take action. Set goals, identify someone to give you feedback, and set aside time for deliberate practice.
How to Become an Expert: What can we learn from world-class performers?
To take your professional development to the next level, follow these four steps to dominate any field or industry quickly:
- Study. Identify the top experts in the field and read their books.
- Apply. You can’t become an expert until you apply your new knowledge. In other words, practice your skill.
- Summarize. Create a brief summary of your knowledge to deepen your learning and serve as a valuable, concise resource during your career.
- Teach. Share your knowledge with others by writing, speaking or simply talking informally with colleagues.
The Fastest Way to Become an Expert on Anything
What are your secrets for becoming an expert?
Alan Graner is Chief Creative Officer at Daly-Swartz Public Relations, an Orange County, CA business public relations and marketing content firm. For content that makes you stand out from the crowd, email Jeffrey Swartz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit www.dsprel.com.