As a professional who wants to level up your skills and advance in your career, it’s critical to know which experts you can and should trust for the real-world knowledge you require. With so much content being created in so little time how does the average reader determine who is an expert versus who is just another online user aggregating content rather than providing real Edge Learning?
In today’s business world, there is a vast sea of so-called experts. That’s because the technology and platforms for producing content are available to everyone. Play the game well and you can achieve “expert” status online in 30 days or less.
Statistics show that there are 76.7 million blog posts published on WordPress in a month. Facebook alone averages eight billion daily video views from 500 million people—and many of those videos are posted by self-proclaimed experts. (https://www.brandwatch.com/blog/amazing-social-media-statistics-and-facts/) However, many of the reputations of today’s experts are lacking solid foundations.
When the need arises for specific knowledge, edge learning which experts should you trust? Do you trust the latest influencer whose videos are shared endlessly among your peers? Or, do you dig deeper to find experts with knowledge and skills that are both broader and more profound?
This can be a challenging situation, but it all comes down to the fact that only you are accountable for your continued growth. My advice is to invest wisely in the experts and mentors you choose to follow rather than being “sold” by the latest trend or fad in training.
Trust yourself to find the right solution for your particular situation. Take control of the what, when, and how of every learning opportunity.
When you commit yourself to seeking out the most effective resources for edge learning, you’re taking ownership of the results you get. Because of that, you’ll go the extra mile to gain the finest skills available.
How do you know who to trust with your education and your money? Begin by understanding that, by definition, an expert is someone having comprehensive or authoritative knowledge in a specific area. My business depends on my ability to figure out who the experts really are versus the content aggregators who may have built reputations as influencers. Because of that, I’ve developed a system for vetting those I invite to participate in my edge learning platform, XTRAcredits.com.
Who is considered an expert?
Those I deem to be true experts in their fields meet the following criteria:
- Accolades and Awards: They have authored at least one book that has been recognized by a credible source, such as the New York Times or Wall Street Journal, as a best-seller. Their books have also been positively reviewed in business publications or in industry-specific publications more than once.
- Track Record: Those I recognize as true experts have a measurable track record of results. In other words, if the expert says they are a sales expert, they’ve had a measurably successful sales career and can prove it.
- Process: The expert has translated their knowledge and experience into a repeatable process and has the ability to teach it to others in a practical, palatable manner.
Trust is a two-way street. You need to feel you can trust the experts you seek out to provide valuable, applicable information. Being able to trust the right expert to help you is crucial to your edge learning process, the advancement of your career, and the growth of your business. Consider using these three tips to help you find the ideal experts you can trust.
Show up and be your best,
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More about Lisa Patrick
Working with some of the most recognized thought-leaders in the world has given Lisa the opportunity to learn and develop her unique skill to ‘see through things’ and opportunities that others miss! These relationships have also provided her insights into the distinctive points of view of risk and opportunities facing the education marketplace, experts and their businesses. These learning experiences have contributed to her success!
Lisa is a highly successful entrepreneur, podcast host of Coffee With Lisa, and a professional speaker. She is relentlessly optimistic, entrepreneurial, and future-focused. She encourages contrarian thinking and rapid experimentation.