Our friend Shashi Bellamkonda is back with another guest post. This time it’s a discussion question.
What to do when someone calls you a Guru or Expert?
When someone calls you a guru or an expert, it usually means that you are a good learner and have developed some useful knowledge that can be imparted to others. Valeria Maltoni lists Five Attributes of Being an Expert. At the same time, you are now in the danger of stopping learning and living on the past laurels. Here is my plan on what to do when someone calls you an expert:
a) When someone calls you an expert, it comes from their ability to recognize knowledge that is useful to them. Use that opportunity to listen to them, and at the end of the conversation, you probably learn more from them than they from you, and both of you are happier.
b) Do not get too busy being the expert. As George Bernard Shaw said (Paraphrasing) “You learn everyday of your life except for a short break in school.” So take some time to read and follow experts in your field, or other areas as education that will help you retain the expert title.
c) Lingo: You can only be the expert if others do not know what you have to offer, so speak their language and not your own. If you lay your plans in the most basic and simple language, then people will understand you, and you can proudly retain the status of expert.
So come call me an expert, and the chances are I will take you to lunch and listen and learn from you :)
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