Experts: they are being quoted in articles, co-host TV shows and advise you on how to do your job. But how did these people become experts in their field? And more important, how can you become an expert yourself?
Being an expert in a certain matter can be a real advantage. Because people tend to ask you questions of how to do something, you can broaden your span of control. Whenever your advice works out, people will start to trust your opinion. And if they spread the word, your network will expand and your position will strengthen. A win – win situation, that’s why I listed 5 how-to’s to become an expert
- Trust your capabilities
It doesn’t matter what you’re good at. The first person to believe that you are an expert in a certain subject, is you. Only if you believe you have something to tell, you will be able to actually do so. Whether you are a creative thinker, know everything about taxes and benefits or have the ability to make each computer boot after a crash, everybody is good at something. If you are aware of what you’re good at, so will other people. Confidence is key here. Trust your capabilities and eventually, others will too.
- Get people to notice your expertise.
Offer to help out your colleagues and advise your friends. Write an article for the company magazine or start a blog about the subject you are interested in. And get people to recognize you as the expert. If you want people to see you as an expert, you’ll have to let them know about your expertise.
- Stop caring
Yes, there is probably someone out there who doesn’t agree with you. There will always be people who are more intelligent, more beautiful and more talented. And there will be a time when you say something stupid in public. You shouldn’t care about that. Nor should you care when people try to bring you down because they feel threatened. Keep your head up, smile and go on. People will respect you for it.
- Practice what you preach
If you know what you are talking about, other people expect you to follow your own guidelines. Show them how your expertise has worked out for yourself and your credibility will increase. People crave for role models so make sure you become one.
- Take initiative
You can always wait until someone else defines the approach so you can just do what you’re supposed to do. Or you can speak up in that strategy meeting, share that great idea with your boss or try to position yourself as a speaker on business events. Always know that, if you don’t do it, someone else will. And you may be the one ending up disappointed.