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If someone is proclaiming they are an expert in their field, more often than not, they’re telling fibs.

As I wrote the words for the heading to this article it made me shudder. I hate – with a passion – people who describe themselves as experts. I believe that calling yourself an expert is a rather arrogant thing to do.

I know that if you look up the Oxford dictionary it will tell you that an expert is “a person who is very knowledgeable about or skilful in a particular area”, which in itself seems reasonable.

But using the term expert seems such a superior statement, a bit like calling yourself a “guru” adorned with your white robes!

Now I have been advising clients in ERP, business intelligence and procurement technology software solutions for over 18 and I have an accounting background. However I would never describe myself as an expert and much prefer the term specialist.

Don’t get me wrong, I think there are plenty of smart, knowledgeable professionals in all industries. But what really troubles me is the way that the term “expert” gets bandied around.

The term is used in thousands of LinkedIn profiles and Twitter bios – I always wonder how these professionals became perfect and how there came to be so many smart people around!

To me, an expert is someone who doesn’t make mistakes. Perhaps people like this exist. I just haven’t met them yet!

It is a particularly widely used term by organisations who carry out SEO or offer social media advice, but from my own understanding of the subject matter (not that I am even a specialist in the subject!) these fields involve many variables and there is no secret to you becoming a master of either SEO or LinkedIn!

Yes there are specialists that can help you achieve better , but come on, “an expert” is an extremely bold claim.

I often hear the term from a range of business coaches and business speakers at events and again it instantly turns me off.

If you listen to really successful industry specialists they would never introduce themselves as experts, but would be far more modest. So perhaps next times you read the term “expert in . . .” you should give this some thought, as many of the so called experts I have listened to I would struggle to describe as even knowledgeable in their proclaimed speciality, never mind an expert!

So beware the expert . . . do they even exist?

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Scott Graham

Scott Graham

Scott is the Director of Kinetic Information Systems, an Australian specialist software and services company. Kinetic are a company that are focused on solutions to organisational problems using best-in-class software. Taking time to understand your problems understand what you want and what you are trying to deliver, we offer practical solutions and employ structured methods to deliver those solutions on time and on budget. Kinetic help clients identify business value, manage risk and realise higher levels of success from their programmes and initiatives. We specialise in eProcurement, Business Intelligence and ERP solutions. You can connect with Scott via his <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/scottgrahamkinetic">LinkedIn profile</a> or <a href="http://www.kineticis.com.au">website</a>.

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