February 23, 2007 by Dawud Miracle 22 Comments Share this:Tweet Related posts: How My Traffic Doubled in Two Weeks 5 Things Marketing Gurus Need To Learn From Bloggers Why Do You Think Small Businesses Need to Be Blogging? Why Your Business Needs To Focus On Relationships More and On Money Less Having Trouble Getting More Clients? Consider Yourself Unemployed Reader InteractionsComments Stuart Baker says February 23, 2007 at 6:04 am Great perspective, Dawud. You are touching on the factor of humility, too. If our collection of experience, knowledge and wisdom can help some others, and we put it out there graciously and gratefully, I think there is a winner. Thanks. Reply Anonymous says February 23, 2007 at 5:42 am Perfect ‘digestion’ of the issue, Dawud. All those people calling themselves ‘expert’ must have been listening to too many ‘branding’ experts. Reply Dawud Miracle says February 23, 2007 at 7:55 am Karin H. Thanks. Now we have so-called experts training and branding other so-called experts. How do I deal with this? Stuart Absolutely. All those elements lead to our client’s experiences of us. And it’s out client’s, then, who decide if we’re experts or not. Reply Anonymous says February 23, 2007 at 8:04 am Hi Dawud LoL. We don’t have to deal with that, they are going to have to deal with it very quickly IMHO. It comes down what is said in one of my favourite quotes: “For if you’re paid more than you’re worth, you eventually will be restructured, reengineered, replaced, fired, outplaced, declared obsolete and disposed of. Overpaid individuals are overdrawn on their knowledge and skills bank account. Individuals who are underpaid for the level and quality of service they provide are always in demand and always ahead of the pay scale in terms of knowledge and contribution. So money and opportunity are always chasing them. Let money chase you, but never let it catch you, or you’ll become a slave to money, instead of money working for you.” (Dr Denis Waitley) Reply Dawud Miracle says February 23, 2007 at 8:08 am Karin H. This has been my experience. I make a fine living – no complaints. And I know I’m underpaid. All the while, work just keeps flowing to me – or is it chasing me? Reply Anonymous says February 23, 2007 at 8:13 am Isn’t that just how it is supposed to be? Your clients/customers know you are the expert/specialist/authority without you having to ‘brand’ it. Everybody who claims/brands he/she is The Expert etc should be very wary about ‘being found-out’. Claiming you’re an expert is going to cost you dearly then. I fully agree with you: the ‘expert’ doesn’t decide he/she is, your ‘delivery’ does. Reply Anthony Baggett says February 23, 2007 at 9:06 am Maybe there are no ‘experts’. Maybe some just know more than others, but know one knows everything about any subject. Even if there are experts, one calling themselves that is very dangerous. “If you think you stand, take heed, lest you fall”. Reply Dawud Miracle says February 23, 2007 at 9:15 am Karin H. Right on. Anthony I hear you. I go back to the definition of expert; ‘comprehensive and authoritative knowledge or skill.’ I simply think the title of expert is overly used and poorly given to the point that it waters down someone who truly is an expert. Yet, like with most true experts – say, like Stephen Hawking as a physicist – they have enough humility to know that they’re not really an expert on anything. Reply Doug Karr says February 24, 2007 at 8:11 am You made me go check my “About” page to ensure I didn’t have “expert” in there anywhere. Phew. Though, I used to call myself a “digital and database marketing expert”. I stopped that. Double-phew. Reply Anonymous says February 24, 2007 at 2:30 am Dawud, good morning Your last remark reminds me of what is said in Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-truths and Total Nonsense: “..all businesses should be run with “the attitude of wisdom” – the ability to act with knowledge while doubting what you know.” Counts for everything I think. Reply Dawud Miracle says February 24, 2007 at 3:48 am Karin H. Nice quote. Thanks. I’d love to hear more. Reply Anonymous says February 24, 2007 at 3:54 am Well, if you want to ‘read’ more about it: http://www.thekissbusiness.co.uk/2007/02/book_review_har.html be my guest 😉 Reply Anonymous says February 24, 2007 at 7:30 am Afternoon Dawud Just remembered (getting old ;-)) Read another related quote this morning (I have books for breakfast) in The Knowing-Doing Gap by the same writers as Hard Facts.. Goes in the line of becoming an expert by doing (instead of just reading, talking about it). The writers compaire it with the ‘statement’ used by surgeons: hear one, see one, do one – where by implementing ideas (from ‘experts’) it normally comes down to: Hear one, see one, talk about one 😉 Reply Dawud Miracle says February 24, 2007 at 6:25 pm Karin H. Thanks for the resources. I’ll take a look when I’m back at work on Monday. Doug I’m always happy to help. And, ahhh, you’re tricky. You got me to read your About page. Cool stuff you’ve done. Are you going to try to make SOBCon07? Reply 7 Marketing School says July 23, 2009 at 12:55 am I think all of the people here wanted to be like an expert in their on craft.. It only needs more perseverance and determination.. Anyways, Good post there…Thanks for the sources of “experts”..LOL! Reply Trackbacks […] Susan’s process takes you from identifying who you’d like to work with to positioning yourself as their problem solver (expert, of course, we’ve already talked about). Judy Murdoch as another approach. 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