What Makes An Expert? #BlogHer15


The day was here. The first official day of BlogHer 20015 in New York City. I arrived the day before but this was getting real. Why? I was picking up my Badge! I know I can’t be the only one who thinks the Badge make the difference, right!? As I put my orange lanyard over my head I noticed this year’s theme running along it: Experts Among Us. What makes an expert anyway?

What Makes An Expert-

The Fame Factor

As I walked back to my room the first things that came to mind were fame, a big name, fortune. I mean this year’s conference had a list of people with all of that. Women who are certainly famous on anyone’s scale and they are known across the world. Yet is that enough? Is the only requirement for being an expert to have the fame factor?

That’s when I looked at the amazing list of speakers and presenters here this year. Yes, among them are some really well know and even famous people BUT that isn’t where the list ends. I saw names, faces, Blogs and people I stalk love and know! They are real women, wives, friends and people.

This list was full of names of women I consider to be peers and friends. In this BlogLife we live they are famous and experts at what they do – being a mom, working from home, starting their own businesses, branching outside their comfort zones, taking Blogging to a whole new level. How dare I consider them anything else than experts? Maybe I needed to rethink my thoughts on what qualified an expert.

Among Us.

How could I have missed that?! Among Us. Yes, the theme for this year is about all experts but it clearly tells us where they found them: among US. The experts here to offer their trials and errors, tips, guides and paths are from right among our ranks sort-a-speak. They aren’t lofty far away people I can only gaze at on stage. Who may never notice me, my comments or my struggles. They are the women I checked-in with, the ones I had lunch with and the face behind the words I already love. These experts are right here finding their way just like me.

The only difference…?

They are willing – happy even – to share all they have learned so far with everyone who wants to listen. They’ve been where am I and may even still be but the only difference between them and my first thought of an expert is that they want to share their journey with me to help me get from where I am to where they are now.

The experts among us have taken away the restraints of my first definition of an expert and embraced that whatever they have learned and become skilled in it what makes them an expert.

That’s It!

An expert isn’t made from fame or being bigger than life. The task of being an expert comes from the ability to take what you’ve learned on your way somewhere and pass it on to those coming along. Experts realize that what they know isn’t protected information. Sharing it is a way to help someone else’s dreams become reality. So that’s it! That’s what makes an expert – having and sharing what you know to others.

Now why did I not realize that earlier? I’m not sure. I do know that this means next year I could see you up there on that Speaker List telling me how you got where you are…because being an expert is something we all can do. After all, they’re right among us.

Name one thing that makes you an expert.

Have you ever shared it?

 

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39 thoughts on “What Makes An Expert? #BlogHer15

  • Nickida

    I don't know that I would call myself an expert. I haven't really thought about it before. I guess I can say I am an expert dealing with my family. I do love that BlogHer chose bloggers we know and follow to reward for their hard work. That's refreshing.

    • MrsTee Post author

      Hi Nicki! I think we all have something we can teach others. Yes, BlogHer was amazing for giving the opportunity to our peers – those among us – to share what they know and how they\’ve accomplished their goals.

  • Tiany

    Homeschooling and being a mom of boys and I share daily! I own The Homeschool Lounge, we have over 20,000 fellow moms sharing and encouraging. Passing it on is what it's about! Loved your conference vlogs! 😉

  • Nikki

    I'm not sure whether my comment posted or not so wills ay again – I related to this so much! I was speaking about my research at a psychology conference two years ago and I felt so chuffed to be there amongst all these really well established people, and then sharing my knowledge too!

    • MrsTee Post author

      I don’t think it did…so sorry about that! I’m so happy you found common ground in this post…you have just as much to offer as any ‘well established’ person because you definitely have knowledge to share too. 🙂

    • MrsTee Post author

      That\’s great Michele!! Sharing your knowledge is a great way to open yourself to learn more. Most times when you are willing to give others are just as willing to give back. Oh yeah, 40 years definitely equals Expert! Congratulations on that. Oh and you totally can become an Expert at Blogging…we all have the potential 😀

  • mariamichelle117

    I think I'm an expert at helping animals. My husband and I have been very involved in animal rescue for years and are very passionate about helping them.

    • MrsTee Post author

      Being an expert doesn’t mean being perfect. You are so right – learning should be continual and never ending. To learn is the only way to be able to teach anyone.

  • Sandy KS

    I tend to be an expert dealing with my special needs daughter, dogs, and coming up with writing challenges. I don't consider myself an expert. As I am always trying to learn more about the things I love. I consider myself knowledgeable.
    My recent post Gevalia Mocha Ice Coffee Review

    • MrsTee Post author

      Being knowledgeable is very important especially when you have things and situations in your life that rely on you to handle them. Thanks so much for coming by Sandy!

  • Jaime Nicole

    I can't wait to attend my first blog conference! All the posts I've seen to echo yours – that everyone is SO happy to share what they have learned. I would be totally starstruck though!

  • ocrafty

    I had the same kind of "epiphany" attending my first blog conference. I love how generous and willing to share knowledge most other bloggers are, big or small!

  • xmasdolly

    So glad you found your Star Bucks. I'm the same way when I want to wake up nothing else will do especially when I'm traveling. Great Post and I'm so envious that you get to go to BlogHer 15. I went to one when it was in Chicago, and I'm waiting for it to come back. Biting the bit so to speak. As far as being an expert I guess I'm an expert at spoiling. I'm a Mom & a NaNee (gramma). I've got 5 children (1 passed away) all married. 11 grandchildren… all adorable & spoiled & 1 great grandson… totally adorable & spoiled. The spoiled part… that's me. I spoil them and send them home! ~snicker~

    • MrsTee Post author

      Yes Girl!! I was on the hunt then found out the next day the hotel was literally surrounded by them!! LOL… Thanks so much it was so fun. I am so excited to see where it will be next year. Oh yes, you are definitely a spoiler. I always tease my Grandmother because she is like a totally different woman when it comes to her grandkids…LOL

  • Angelic Sinova

    I completely agree being an expert comes from the ability to take what you’ve learned and pass that knowledge on! While I'm definitely no expert when it comes to blogging, I do loving sharing all the things I've learned form my two years of blogging with bloggers who are just starting out <3
    My recent post Send Smiles &amp; Celebrate The Minion Lovers In Your Life

    • MrsTee Post author

      Exactly Angelic. I think the willingness to share what you know is so important. Helping those who are where you once were is a true sign of being an expert.

  • kalison0515

    Nice post, Tiffany. I'm expert at physical transformation. After I was diagnosed with breast cancer I made some ruthless lifestyle and diet changes. I share that experience and things that I've learned (and still learning) on my lifestyle blog.
    My recent post 2 Healthy Summer Treats

    • MrsTee Post author

      Thanks so much!! That’s amazing! I know dealing with something like that takes courage and confidence in who you are. Congratulations on finding your strength and sharing it with others.