Being an Expert Doesn’t Mean You Know Everything

Being an Expert Doesn’t Mean You Know Everything

Is your lion tamer an expert at taming lions? You’d better hope so!

How about the ringleader? Do they know what’s up? Can they keep those dirty clowns in line? Elephants balanced? Trapeze artists flying? Bearded Lady’s beard groomed?

If you’re an expert – how do you convey that expertise while still maintaining your humanity? After all, you’re not perfect – you can’t know everything. And that’s what this month’s Word Carnival is all about! How to know when to stop pitching yourself as an expert and ask for advice, or refer a client to someone else. In other words, how to hold yourself to a high enough standard that you’re honest with a client about the fact that you don’t know the answer, rather than guessing, bsing or just muddling through!

Read on: (FYI: the links may not be live until Wednesday!)

Nick Armstrong of WTF Marketing
Just Because You’ve Got Yourself An Expert…
@WTFMarketing
facebook.com/WTFMarketing

Melanie Kissell of Solo Mompreneur
Comprehensive Knowledge And Skill Doesn’t Mean You’re An Authority
@melaniekissell
facebook.com/SoloMompreneur

Molly McCowan of Inkbot Editing
Being An Editor Doesn’t Mean You Know Everything…Even When You Think You Do
@InkbotEditor
facebook.com/InkbotEditing

Michelle Church of Marketing Support 4 U
Sometimes we have to call ourselves out
@virtuallyassist
facebook.com/marketingsupportspecialist

Halley Gray of Evolve & Succeed
Your Cerebrum Will Never Be Full
@evolvesucceed
facebook.com/evolvesucceed

Sandy McDonald of Why You Must Blog
An Owen Meany moment and blogging
@theclanmaker
facebook.com/whyyoumustblog

Ashley Welton
Thank You For Teaching Me as Well as I Teach You
@miniskirtninja
facebook.com/miniskirtninja

Sharon Hurley Hall
Why I Don’t Need to be a Know-It-All Writer
@SHurleyHall
facebook.com/SharonHurleyHall

Alisa Meredith
Three Good Reasons to Say I Don’t Know
@ScalableSocial
facebook.com/scalablesocialmedia

Denisse and Yaritza
Being an expert doesn’t mean you know it all
@BusySuperVA
facebook.com/busysuperva

Carol Lynn Rivera of Web Search Social
The Myth Of The Expert: Why Saying “I Don’t Know” Is Better For Your Business
@CarolLynnRivera
facebook.com/WebSearchSocial

Nicole Fende of The Numbers Whisperer
When You’re NOT The Expert They’re Looking For
@NicoleAFende
facebook.com/SmallBizFinance

Photo credit: The Lion Queen – Wikimedia Commons.

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