How To Be An Expert

from Forbes

What is the value of an expert? In an age where information is free and available (without even typing—thank you Alexa), logic would seem to indicate a reduction in value. If information is free, how does the “expert” survive?

And yet, in this unique moment in history, we see an overall rise of interest in “experts” and “gurus.” It turns out that we need to update our definition of an expert.

Here’s why this matters: in the age of infinite information availability, it’s more vital than ever to realize that expertise is a reflection of your standing within your community, not simply your academic standing. If we believe that copious study leads to expertise, then we are more likely to forget that our study must serve our community first—and we’ll end up unpleasantly surprised that our “expertise” is rejected.

Let’s look at three essential factors of expertise:

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45 Responses to How To Be An Expert

  1. Josh Shupper April 30, 2019 at 1:33 pm #

    When I think of the word expert, I think of someone who is very knowledgeable and smart in one or many fields of study. I think that it was interesting how the author brought up the definition of an expert being someone who interacts with their community, not the breadth of their knowledge. I do think that this is a pretty good interpretation. If you asked me what the definition of an expert was ten years ago, I would say someone who has a lot of knowledge. Now, there is technology and lots of it out there all over the world. Things like Alexa, Watson, and other AIs are becoming very popular in many homes all over the globe. There is not really a need for an expert. Why? We as individuals of society rely so much on technology to answer our questions, not people. I guess one could even say that interactions between people have gone down due to the increase in technology. We are not as dependent on each other when it comes to getting information because literally anything and almost everything possible is out on the internet and simply one click away. So, in order to consider ourselves as experts in a respected field, we have to be open to interacting with others. It is so important to have the ability to communicate your thoughts and information that you know to others so that they can get the knowledge they need in order to be successful in life, whether it is living at home with a family or working at a job. Engaging with others is critical. As the author mentions, consumers are people, just in a business term. They also feel more engaged on a personal level when there is an interaction between two people in-person, rather than an online search. Many jobs focus on the interactions with their customers. A waiter in a restaurant for example has to keep their cool if they are having a bad day when they are around others. The job of the waiter is to give their customers the best experience possible so the customers will come back to the restaurant again. People should and need communication skills to get jobs. I can see why it is so important now for people to communicate well.

  2. Dylan Flego May 1, 2019 at 4:00 pm #

    Have you ever heard of the 10,000 Hour Rule, created by Malcolm Gladwell? In his book, Outliers, Gladwell explains that a skill can be mastered simply by working on it 20 hours a week for 10 years. By accomplishing this, one can consider themselves a true expert in whatever they worked on… or so we think. Of course, the definition of an expert changes over time, especially considering how we are currently in an age of mass digitalization. What’s even more is that, realistically, the definition of an expert changes depending on which person you ask. When you really think about it, experts are designated by relatively arbitrary reasons. So, in a more general sense, what could an expert be defined as by today’s standards? As stated in the article, one of the main factors of regarded expertise is how “experts are always ours.” This essentially relates back to the point about an expert being defined by arbitrary reasons. In other words, it’s not about the standards of society to appoint who is an expert and who isn’t. Rather, it is more about each individual person’s standards that influence who is really an expert, because that’s what it’s all about: the people. That 10,000 Hour Rule (while it did sound very authentic and expert-like at first) should really not be followed to “become an expert,” unless it’s just something you truly love to work on. For example, let’s take the field of economics. One person could consider someone with a PhD in the study of economics to be an expert, while another person might view those who personally work with stocks and market analyses to be experts. As mentioned earlier, nowadays it all comes down to the individual to determine what an expert really is.

  3. Shegufta Tasneem May 1, 2019 at 10:42 pm #

    At this age when our lives are becoming more and more digitalized with time, it is important that we reestablish that human beings can outsmart technology and Artificial intelligence or AI. Any kind of knowledge on any subject in the world, no matter how rare it is, can be found on some corner of the internet with just a few clicks. While this has its own perks of making our lives much easier and faster, it also makes us lazy and unproductive. We do not “waste” time to think about a certain topic, discuss it with others to gain new perspectives and a piece of broader knowledge on the topic. Rather, we choose to look it up on the internet and have a basic idea about almost anything within just a few minutes. But, what this article focuses on is the difference between knowing something from the internet and that of through actual human interaction. A computer or software cannot provide real-life experience and knowledge that a person can. Again, it is much more convincing for us to take something seriously when a person shares their knowledge based on their own experiences through life. and that is where the “expertise” comes. One person cannot necessarily be expert and the best at simply everything in this world. There is always going to be another person who is better and more efficient than another person at something else. This is what makes us specialists on certain topics and allows us to be experts. This is why it is not enough for a person to just have knowledge about something and keep it to himself. It is important to know how to express one’s thoughts and knowledge confidently to a group of people. People around the world are becoming increasingly judgmental and critical with passing time. This proves how important it is to know how to “sell” one’s idea to the public and convince them to do something. This ability to manipulate people and share knowledge with enough credibility is what this article focuses on. And I agree, just being a knowledgeable person would not suffice. To be an expert at a certain topic, we must be able to discuss and explain it to people with confidence and certainty.

  4. Rachel Leto May 2, 2019 at 10:17 am #

    Before reading this article, I simply thought the word expert was someone who only studied one topic in a certain subject and only knew about that one thing. If that were the case, experts would have been out of a job for more than 20 years now because the internet has all of the information that you could ever possibly need. However, the article states that experts are human filters that only give you the information that you need and no other fluff that would be given to you on multiple websites. It states that they want to be able to establish credibility within their community, which makes sense because why go to an expert who you do not think is giving you the right information. Experts create a “communicating bridge”, which personally I find appealing because if I were to really want to know something, I would prefer to talk to a person, so I could ask all of the questions I need to know and make sure that I am getting the most I can out of the time I spent discussing something. It, also, states that no one expert knows everything and I am not surprised because there is so much information out there that it would actually be impossible to know everything about anything.
    I feel that the internet is okay for a quick look up on a topic, you can get in and out very easily, but when it comes to actually wanting to deep dive into an issue, it would be best to go talk to someone who specializes in that specific thing. They are only going to give you the information you need to know and could recommend something for you to read instead of you getting lost on the internet trying to find it yourself. I still believe that experts are relevant and will still be around.

  5. Lillie Moran May 2, 2019 at 5:06 pm #

    We have been in a constant age of digital transformation where millions of people can access million bits of information at their fingertips. In this age where Google constantly provides answers within seconds, it’s hard to determine who actually holds the power of knowledge. This article provides crucial insight as to how we can correctly identify the “experts” in this type of environment. When we choose the leaders of our society, whether we know it or not, we always choose those who have a wisdom in a certain field. The information retained by these special individuals are regurgitated back to their constituents/clients. The article mentions how experts can be identified as those who are “human filters” and how they “don’t (usually) need notes.” In this way, experts are more relateable to those who don’t hold the same amount of information and are able to provide an authentic type of insight. The most important “tell”, however, is found in the section labeled: “Experts are always ‘ours’. As I mentioned above, we choose who gets to lead us and we do this by comparing ourselves and our communities to the individual expert. Those experts that speak to the values and the cultures of a particular community tend to be labeled as experts more than those who don’t extend themselves.

    Being able to be an expert is being able to be a leader, and in order to be an effective leader, one must be able to know the communities and cultures surrounding them in order to identify problems and solutions. Take a look at presidential campaigns. Those candidates who relate themselves to the people tend to be more successful in the poles. That is because we like those who don’t seem to put themselves on a pedestal. In this article, the individual running for office is Google and we are the ones who get to decide whether or not Google is fit to be a leader of information. In order to be an expert nowadays, you must be able to create a product or an idea that is a platform for the public. It is important to incorporate all potential aspects of a society in order to configure the best results. I think it is important to look at Google right now is a service, rather than an expert. Google is the service to find those that are experts, but we shouldn’t completely rely on Google. Throughout this course, we have been told that when we don’t know something, we should Google it. Although this is a good way to get background information about something, it is the way in which you interpret that information that ultimately makes you the expert.

  6. Jack F Comfort May 2, 2019 at 5:19 pm #

    The term “expert” is a subjective label we give to people who we perceive to have more knowledge than us on a particular subject. There’s is no certification we give to ratify that someone is an expert, we just crown them this because they are better at filtering what and what isn’t true. You don’t even need to be the most knowledgable on a subject to be considered an expert. If you’re the best at communicating the main idea of a subject you can also obtain the crown of expert. Another reason the term of expert is subjective is that we all have our own experts on different things. Our personal experts aren’t shared by everyone making the term expert unequivocal. I enjoyed reading this article because it changed my way of thinking about what an expert was. So-called “experts” seem to be very important in our society as they feature in many debates and even court cases. Questioning the legitimacy of experts makes you question the legitimacy of other things we take for granted in our society.

  7. Diamond Vasquez May 2, 2019 at 7:26 pm #

    I always knew an expert to be a person who was very educated in a particular field, but now, I see that there is so much more to an expert than their academic knowledge. “How to be an Expert,” published by Curt Steinhorst on Forbes, explains the value of an expert by describing it as such, “…in the age of infinite information availability, it’s more vital than ever to realize that expertise is a reflection of your standing with your community, not simply your academic standing.” In order to be an expert, it is key to have that connection with your community, making them feel as though you understand them and what they are talking about or what they are going through. Along with this, Steinhorst gives “three essential factors of expertise,” which include the following: (1) Experts are human filters, meaning that experts are used to give information their clients do need in order to solve their problem; (2) Experts don’t (usually) need notes, illustrating how an expert’s knowledge comes from their mind and not from a notecard or piece of paper; and (3) Expert are always “ours,” showing how experts should be able to connect with their community, that being most important to being called an “expert.” He also notes, around the conclusion of his article, that we may not have all of the answers or knowledge as Google does, but consumers would “feel more engaged by those who they feel understand what they are going through and can engage on a more personal level.”

    This article really sparked my interest and really displayed a different view of an expert that I find very intriguing. As I have said before, I thought an expert was a person who had a lot of knowledge on a certain field or subject, but this article really stresses the importance of an expert not only giving information, but really connecting with the people, with their community. As Steinhorst says, “… we can see it’s not only important to have the knowledge, but also to be given the role of expert by our community. While the Internet can provide information, it cannot connect with consumers on a personal level.” Curt Steinhorst has displayed another level of expertise that, I believe, is more crucial than just having the actual knowledge. I am in total concurrence with Steinhorst and his main point on experts.

  8. Andrew Kenny May 2, 2019 at 9:23 pm #

    The term “expert” can be thrown around loosely nowadays. Just because someone knows fun facts about American history cannot be deemed an expert on the Revolutionary War. The truth is, many people have similar reaches of knowledge on certain topics. I know I am well-versed on the history of the Mets, but I would not consider myself an expert because I realize there are plenty of people with my same intelligence level or an even higher level. With the constant growth of AI, it seems as if humans may not be such keen experts. Robots will be able to process information in question form and the respond with a coherent answer. On top of that, we are not far off from AIs that can maintain an intelligent conversation with humans without interruption.
    Besides just AI, everyone has access to Google. With humans being able to have access to unlimited information, how do we know who the real experts are? I do agree with the article when it says that experts should be able to recite facts about their topic without checking notes or Google. Yet, I do believe that one of the most important aspects of being an expert is the ability to relay information to others and educate them. I would not consider every teacher or professor an expert on their subject that they’re teaching because not all of them can clearly convey topics in ways that everyone can understand. Being able to put complex ideas into simple terms for others to comprehend is extremely impressive in my opinion.
    On top of that, I do not feel like there should be multiple experts for the same field of study. The article talks about the “community” that shares the same interest and knowledge of the same topic. If there is multiple experts in the same field that cannot decipher who is smarter, is there really an expert? Also, how is one certified as an expert? I do think to become a qualified expert, one must first be able to communicate to their specific “community” new schools of thought and then take that and try to enlighten others.

  9. Raymond Wilkinson IV May 3, 2019 at 2:07 am #

    With technology creating an age where any answer to any question you could have is at your fingertips the value of older jobs and responsibilities have changed. Having technologies like Google, Bing, and other search engines with the ability to constantly learn and provide answers to all types of problems skews the meaning of knowledge and of course the value of experts. The information provided in this article details the meaning of being an expert. Many may think that because of these readily available products experts would be of no use anymore. I myself thought the same thing, prior to reading this article I felt experts had no use considering any question I had I could just google. Yet as time goes on it seems experts are an increasing need. This makes sense because of huge powerful search engines like Google and others. Now that people have all this information available to them the only question left is which to choose. This is where experts come in. Experts can tell consumers the information they need to know without the help of notes or a google search. Now this doesn’t change the fact that anything I feel I can do myself with the help of a youtube video I am going to do. Rather than paying an expert to do a simple task I would do it myself. Experts will always be needed for the harder, experience needed jobs, but I disagree with the other points of the article that experts will continue to rise. I feel the DIY market will grow faster than the Experts and soon only a few experts will truly be needed. There is just a certain satisfaction by doing something yourself that many people are so attracted to. People like to teach themselves and become self-sufficient. Below is a link with more information on DIY

  10. Luke J Tyler May 3, 2019 at 4:16 pm #

    The Forbes article on expert knowledge in a digital era really set the record straight on the misconceptions people may have when viewing the job market and overall personal branding. As all people do, we view these experts as almost an oracle of all knowledge and when Google comes into play, we come upon the question of what these experts are to do with more competition. However, I think the article brings up some very valuable points that while Google many have thousands of results in a matter of seconds, not every piece of information from Google is useful. After all users spend very little times actually on search pages because they have to click through and read different content. Experts on the other hand stand as a filter between the consumer and the many different sources out there.
    Through experience and how applicable sources are, experts can provide the correct type of information that is most useful to consumers. Services like Google just stand as a platform to provide a wide range of sources that do not explicitly give advice. A large part of being an expert is having these interpersonal skills that make it easier to communicate to an audience. While search engines are passive sources of information, experts are active sources because they can push people to respond and drive action. A hyperlink within a webpage does not provoke a someone as much as a physical person. One aspect that I would add to support the claim that experts aren’t likely to be replaced is the fact that experts usually serve in niches fields. Google may offer general information and historical data, but a large amount of the critical information and facts regarding a specific field are usually generated online by experts. Besides just the niche fields, experts offer a lot more of input when it comes to creative services. For say a field like graphic design or marketing, the expert opinion’s cannot be found from just a simple google search. When a designer meets with a branding expert, there is a lot of valuable items to be gained from getting an in person immediate response that provides a new perspective on a project. Although tasks have become automated and easier, the demand for certain skills and perspectives will never fully become out of style. Although computing becomes more powerful, human intelligence, logic and emotion can never be substituted because people would rather speak with a relatable person than a machine.

  11. Luke J Tyler May 3, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

    With the amount of student loan debt that exists there is many critics from all sides that discuss whether it is worth it to spend four years in college after high school. The Forbes article brings a new perspective to the questioning the college experience. Rather than “Is college worth it?” it is “What is the purpose?”. With this question there is even more conflicting opinions, but the article boils it down to two sides. The college experience and knowledge allows younger unexperienced students to have a chance to be more competitive in the job market and seek higher paying jobs. This is a very practical approach to deciding if college is actually useful to a person. However, if someone already has a high paying job and skills that are in demand, it might be foolish to pursue more education if there is room to grow. However, I think an important thing to acknowledge is that the digital world has created a giant force to be reckoned with when it comes to education. Through years of online educational development, there is now thousands of pieces of practical educational content that can help sharpen the skills of someone outdated. Platforms like LinkedIn Learning, Skill Share and Master Class make expert learning possible from virtually anywhere with a wifi connection. At the same time, in some colleges, these very expensive programs are out dated. Something that can make up for the competitive education space, is the maturity aspect that comes from the college aspect.
    Even though you can learn course material online, the very experience of college is hard to replicate. Especially for someone who dorms and shares a room with another person, it is an incredibly new experience that forces a person to grow and develop. Being away from home lets a person become a more self-reliant version of themselves and develops responsibility. Also with intense workload of school it creates an environment where students have to organize and schedule time in order to become somewhat successful in school. With the price tag of school, are these select purposes worth the upwards cost of $60,000 a year. After all the money spent on classes, books, room and board is equivalent to the salary for one year. I think that when it comes to college a lot of students are unprepared and just are not mature enough to handle the new lifestyle. My opinion is that students should work for a year or two before even entering school and they might have a better idea of what they want to do with their future.

  12. Divyaa Sarin May 3, 2019 at 5:12 pm #

    The era of technology has remarkably changed our perceptions of common definitions like an “expert.” Before technology, the average human with a higher level of education, PhD, was considered an expert. But the truth is, that no human would ever have the knowledge of Google or any other search engine. Even the smartest humans in the world, like Albert Einstein, may be considered experts in science or math, yet would have never been able to beat Google. It seems like this idea of being an expert has been evolved as technology has advanced. In this period of time, if a person doesn’t know the answer to something, they can quickly find it on Google. This has eliminated the use of going to the library and skimming through thousands of books to find one answer.

    It can be noted how technology has made our lives quite easier, however does this cause an issue with human knowledge? Personally, I believe that technology allows human to gain information and ideas that they are curious about. However, this sometimes makes us think whether humans really need to learn if technology is always accessible. In a couple of years, robots will advance and produce more information as well. This idea is kind of taunting, yet humans need to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of technology. I think that technology is great to a limit, but nothing will ever mimic a real human brain or mind. No robot can depict real feelings and emotions about certain events in life.

    These technological experts are helpful, but we should not let them mimic our behavior. For example, we should not be so engaged with “Alexa,” because it isn’t real. As technology increases, we need to draw a bold line that separates humans with robots. Humans may never be as capable of producing information as a robot, however we definitely have more creative abilities and ideas that make up for this limitation.

  13. Richard Gudino May 3, 2019 at 5:31 pm #

    I think anyone who pursues any sort of study or tries an get their masters in something wishes to reach a point where they are considered an expert. To have the ability to attract anyone and be able to give them some sort of inclination towards your expertise on a certain subject. It makes us feel better about ourselves that we are able to be considered intellectual beings among the dumbing down masses. How has that changed since we have had the internet be placed in the palm of our hand? How can anyone be an expert when any average joe can use use google and tell you whatever it is you need to know. Theoretically that would mean that anyone could be an expert. It this a case of overusing a word, or do we need to redefine what it means to be an expert? Being able to spew out information is great but now it doesn’t make just anyone an expert if they could recite the entire Wikipedia page they just read. I liked the way that the article explained that someone can collect all this information but it is how they apply that information to their community, how it will affect others. I like how now there seems to be a new set of criteria am expert needs. Again going back to just being a vat of information an expert is able to filter through all the information anyone could find on the internet and is able to tell you the information that pertains to the unique situation. I disagree on the part that says that an expert doesn’t need notes, I understand that some people can just conjure information on demand. Notes can be useful to organize all the information floating in your mind. The only setting I do not see an expert not using notes is during a debate. I also do not really understand the idea that an expert is ours, is it implying that an expert is anyone that can meet the criteria and is just close to us. Does this then mean that we need to be able to network with people who claim that they belong to a field and are very well versed in that field.

  14. Daniel McNulty May 3, 2019 at 6:36 pm #

    Today, there are many terms that we use in our world, that can be taken for less than their actual meaning. One of these terms is “expert.” The google definition for an expert is “a person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area.” This means that just because someone may know some interesting facts about a certain field or topic, does not mean that they are an expert. Before the development and takeoff of the internet, information was much harder to access, forcing one to go to a library, or pay money to purchase something such as a book. In today’s world, everyone who has technology, also has access to infinite information on whatever they may please. With this being the case, the definition of an expert must be altered to fit with the current time. As mentioned in the article, in order for one to be an expert, they must not only have a great deal of knowledge on in a field but must be able to have some sort of beneficial effect on the rest of the community. This is because experts have always carried value with them, so if they make no impact on the community, they have no value in today’s society. Another thing that is key to be an expert, is being able to critically think and be able to understand what information you may have that can be beneficial for someone or something. In addition, being able to communicate and share the knowledge in a way that is comprehensible for someone else. The way that Curt Steinhorst defined an expert was very intriguing and makes perfect sense. He stated in his article, “The truth is, you will never accumulate more knowledge than Google. You will never have “better” ideas than the top retweets on Twitter. An expert is ultimately defined by interaction with their community, not by the breadth of their knowledge” (Steinhorst). In this day and age, everyone must adapt in order to stay relevant and not be left in the past, and as you can see, being an expert on something is no different. With Google being and endless source of information, experts must be able to make themselves more useful than ever before in order to remain in demand.

  15. David Torres May 3, 2019 at 7:46 pm #

    Becoming an expert can be defined in various ways. For example, one way in which a person describes being an expert is doing something for an estimated 10,000 hours. It is only after this many hours, is when the individual will be called an expert. I personally think that is true in many ways because 10,000 hours of doing something repeatedly can be accomplished in roughly 6-10 years. If you think about how long it takes for a doctor to graduate from all schooling, it falls within the range of 6-10 years. This rule can also be applied in several other instances. Another instance in which I believe that this rule can be appropriately applied to is playing a competitive sport consistently for 6 to 10 years. If you think about how long many professional athletes have been playing their sport for, are all well over 6-10 years. Although someone can be called an expert if they are very knowledgeable on a certain subject, such as a history teacher. They are experts on various events that occurred in the past. Through their years of gathering information and memorization of a collection of important dates, events, and important names in history is what makes the teacher an expert. This might have taken as long as 6-10 years to accomplish, that will then fall in the range of the estimated amount of time that it takes to become an expert. On the flipside, entering a field of study required to become an expert is scary for many. This is because of the cost of money that you will have to sacrifice. College tuition is not cheap, especially if you are attending a prestigious and accredited 4 year university. There can be many ups and downs that will come across your path, but that is part of the difficulties that one must overcome to reach that title of an expert, and of course, pay off all the student debt that you owe. It is important to know that becoming an expert is not easy, and will take many long nights and early mornings in order to acquire that entitlement.

  16. Domenico Cirielli May 3, 2019 at 7:59 pm #

    In this Forbes article, the idea of an expert and how that fits in in today’s world is evaluated. With such powerful search engines like Google, almost anyone nowadays can be an expert. Just type in whatever you’re searching for, and within seconds million of sources and pages of information are at your disposal. What the article argues, however, is that experts are not necessarily people that understand and are knowledgeable about everything, but instead know how to properly communicate and connect with their peers and those around them. In fact, one of the tweets that the article shares is as follows: “An expert is ultimately defined by interaction with their community, not by the breadth of their knowledge.” I agree with this comment to an extent – that being the definition of what an expert is. An expert is someone who can effectively connect with those around them, because it is this way that individuals can build their own standings in their community, impacting the way people think about them.

    However, in my opinion, an expert is someone who can connect the dots for other people. Think about some experts or motivational speakers in the field of leadership for example. They do not necessarily have ground breaking things to talk about, but instead voice common sense, something that it seems like individuals sometimes lack. I find it so incredible because I too am captivated by these words that I have definitely heard before but not applied to real life situations like these experts have found. I think that is so important – the ideas of common sense and learning how to act around other people. Our interactions with other people are going to become so important when so much of our life is to become automated.

    The article also notes how experts are all really subjective, which was very interesting to me as I had never really thought that through. I might consider an individual to be an expert, but to another person, that same individual might come off as a clown. At the end of the day, it is those who connect with people on the most personal of levels that leave a lasting impression. Who knows, your friends might consider you an expert, and you might not even know it!

  17. Kevin Metz May 3, 2019 at 8:13 pm #

    This article defines being an expert at its most broad and simplified level. The author believes being an expert is simply knowing what you are talking about and being able to explain it to people who have no idea. I firmly disagree with this entire article and the authors definition of being an expert. This is like saying, for example, that I am an expert on cars. I have been around cars my entire life, with my father being a used car dealer and having a love for anything Mopar. I have attended countless car shows, driven countless different cars, and helped my father fix every piece of a car there is. Yes, I can hold a conversation with pretty much everyone on the topic of cars, I can even explain to those who are uniformed how an engine works and what makes the car actually run. But I am nowhere near a genius. When I attend these huge car shows, I get lost in the words and parts that these die-hards speak about. They are geniuses, they can take a car apart and put it back together like it is their day job and this is what proves this entire article’s standpoint wrong. Being a true genius is all about perception, to my friends I am the car genius and when they have a problem, they come to me, but to those people at the shows, I am just a kid who knows a thing or two about cars. So quite honestly, it is impossible to actually recognize a true genius because it all depends on who knows more.

  18. Demetri Allen May 3, 2019 at 8:24 pm #

    Throughout my whole academic career, I always thought of knowledge as a relative concept. I always got good grades and was normally on the honor roll with A’s and B’s but throughout high school, I think I can safely safe I barely tried. This always made me curious as to how I could scoot through high school with a fairly decent GPA without putting in my full effort. Perhaps, I just finessed my way through the public education system or maybe I was just naturally gifted. I do believe I am smart but I am certainly no expert or genius. Personally, I found you could never gauge how smart someone really was just by looking at their grades. I knew girls who would consistently worry and cry over exams and score A’s on them every single time without fail, and at the same time be so inept that making a simple phone call to order pizza was the worlds hardest challenge. You could study as much as you possibly can for school and still be an idiot in every situation outside the classroom. I feel like the reason I didn’t really try was that almost every class was about topics I didn’t care about, or I simply wasn’t going to need or apply ever in my life. This is why I gave it my all in classes like Econ which talked about things in the real world, important things that I could bring up in an intelligent conversation. I feel like there are a lot of other ways to make yourself smart and that you can only be an expert in a topic that you genuinely have interest in. More often than not you know more about something you like than something you don’t like.

  19. Edward Holzel May 3, 2019 at 8:44 pm #

    Being an expert nowadays is becoming less and less needed. Every time I have a question, I go to Google and google what I need to know. It normally takes me 5 minutes to skim and figure out what I need to know. Being an expert in a field seems to be less and less of a required and relied on skill. However, we need doctors and scientist to be experts because they do not have time to skim the internet. A doctor must make split-second decisions that can be the difference between life and death. The concept of experts being human filters is interesting to me. An expert can sort through a ton of information, that a normal person couldn’t understand, and pick out three or four bullet points of information and relay it to the decision makers. Being able to sort through information helps more than understanding it. I can google and teach myself enough to figure out what information on an excel sheet means. However, that could cost me hours of research and reading to figure it out and to sort it as well. Having an expert allows information to be easily read and explained to me and advice are given on what to do. Also, experts are expected to not need notes. There is an old rule, the 10,000-hour rule. It takes 10,000 hours to master a skill and become an expert. People who devote so much of their lives to a certain area are experts. These experts do not need to pull up a textbook or google questions. Experts know their field by heart. That is something that is lost today. People are losing the passion for information because most information is at the grasp of their fingertips through our smartphones. Overall, experts are more than people who know a lot and they can still be used in a world where almost all information is accessible within 10 seconds.

  20. Madison Becker May 22, 2019 at 5:26 pm #

    In the today’s society anybody can create a profile on the internet and call themselves an expert. After reading this article I took the time to think about the people I consider experts. My mentor, a Vice President at a regional hospital; my mother, an accomplished Radiologist with an expertise in breast cancer; and my professors in their respective fields are all people whom I consider to be experts. However, another group of people came to mind as “experts” or “influencers,” and those are makeup professionals who post their videos and artwork mainly on YouTube. Artists like Jeffree Star, James Charles, Jaclyn Hill have reached a large audience numbering in the millions by posting entertaining and informative YouTube videos of the artwork they create on their face and calling themselves experts. These experts of the online beauty community call themselves “gurus,” and discuss new makeup products, controversies, and information happening in the world of beauty.

    The article discusses how we as a community need to update our definition of experts in respective fields. For centuries doctors have been making life or death decisions based on their fund of knowledge, and professors answer their students questions in seconds with no notes, because both are well studied experts in their field. When we think of beauty YouTubers, they are often dismissed as just makeup consumers with a camera who have special charisma or talent. These people however spend hours every day filming and editing their content to present to a demanding audience, and I would argue that anybody who watches the videos at least even once would consider them to be experts.

    I agree with the supposition in the article that an expert is more than just the highest degree one can receive in their field. I believe an expert is someone who has extensive experience or knowledge in their field often acquired by extensive research or product testing. Ideally an expert can also teach to other people easily. The author says an expert is someone more than just their knowledge, but someone who “takes part in their community.” I believe this is the case for doctors and beauty gurus equally in different ways. Physicians are there to serve the overall health and welfare of their patients and community, as are beauty YouTubers, albeit for a more superficial purpose. Beauty influencers actually have a much wider community, reaching millions of subscribers through the power of the internet and social media. The gurus teach how to get a perfect winged eyeliner whereas a physician may teach heart healthy habits. Beauty influencers take part in their online community via social media in a way not even imaginable twenty years ago. At the age of infinite information from Google, social media has turned out to be the best way to reach consumers. Beauty gurus have recognized that and used it to their power to become “experts” in the industry.

  21. Juan Gonzalez May 27, 2019 at 10:44 pm #

    Until today, I too have shared in the same ignorance as many of us in the previous comments have admitted to. If questioned days ago, I would have thought by classifying an individual as an “expert” it meant that he/she has acquired immense knowledge from an accredited academic institution on a specific topic. This perspective on the evolved definition of an “expert” is intriguing. There are great points within the article “How to be an Expert,” written by the Curt Steinhorst on Forbes which I wholeheartedly agree with. One of them is the communication aspect of an “expert” on a certain topic or subject. Without the ability to clearly articulate and, as Curt phrases it, “bridge the gap between the need and the product” the knowledge that individual possess on said product is essentially useless to the consumer. However, can you receive the same distinction if you are somewhat lacking in the specific knowledge but are able to disguise and basically fake your way through effective or sly articulation? The phrase I would like to introduce, that you may have heard before is, “fake it until you make it”.

    There is a separate article, written by Amy Morin “When to Fake It Till You Make It.” This article discusses the positive psychological effects of “Acting as if”. If someone wishes to be happier, he/she should smile more and imitate the behavior of a happy person. Can the same be said for an individual who wants to become an expert? Suppose the “expert” Nebraska Furniture employee knew enough to close a sale but would falter when asked questions that would truly test his knowledge. Many consumers often ask trivial questions when it comes to the purchase of a tv. These are normal questions regarding price, length, does it support Netflix, whether or not it is a smart tv…etc. If this was the case, then the employee did in fact “act as if” he was an expert and did so through effective communication. Regardless, I really did find this article very interesting and I appreciate the new perspective it provided on an expert.

    URL to “When to Fake It Till You Make It.”

  22. Sydney Wilhalme May 30, 2019 at 6:23 pm #

    Anyone can call themselves an expert at something. Whether they truly are or not that is a different story. What truly qualifies someone as being an expert? After reading this article, I realize it isn’t about how much you know but, about how well you can explain the topic to others. Like the example used in the article of the TV store salesman, the author doesn’t refer to this salesman as an expert based solely on his knowledge but, also on the way he can explain the information as needed. When you know the information about a certain topic, you simply know a lot. What good does that do you if you can’t use this information? A true expert on a topic would be able to not only know about the topic but, also be able to help others understand. When you think about it, a true expert can take something as complicated and hard to understand as the string theory and make it so anyone understands. With all this being said I start to think about the people in my life I have considered an expert; Bosses, professors, elders, etc. Some of which I no longer would consider experts. Over the year I have found many times, when I ask someone who is an “expert”, I find myself more confused than before I asked them. When someone walks away more confused or still not confident about the subject, than that person may not be as much as an expert as they say. True expertise is not all in the knowledge but also in the delivery. They know what they need to tell you and don’t tell you every little thing about the topic. I truly agree with what his author is saying and will think twice before I call someone else an expert.

  23. Edelyn Gil-Uribe May 31, 2019 at 9:14 pm #

    In the century that we live in, I believe that everyone believes they are an expert at something. Even so, that they will truly make someone feel less knowledgable about a certain topic. What really stuck to me just now reading this, was the expression used of “it’s more vital than ever to realize that expertise is a reflection of your standing within your community”. I never really imagined thinking in that kind of way, especially since I always believed expertise was more on an academic level. We all go to school to retain enough information, to know our history and the things that follow with that. But we never actually sit down and look at the many things of life that are given to us. The specialty of knowing something in depth and that not being based off what’s taught, but more so what is learned on its own. Having understood something so well we have to understand that we have to pay it forward in order to understand the feedback that is given, especially in an area of expertise. We have to give to our community, cause if not what was once learned may be of nothing to others, and will eventually be rejected.

    To conclude, I wanted to tie in an article that I read “Experts May Have Influence, But What Makes An Expert?”, by Daniel Newman. From what I read, I realized that with this article there is a fine line difference between an expert and someone who mimics a version of one. And the one thing that really stood out to me from the entire article is that there are no real criteria of what an expert is in specific fields of work. Meaning that you can have studied all your life for a certain field, but there is not one thing that completely defines you as an expert. There is always room to grow and to learn as well as communicating those findings to your community. It is also the delivery of the content that an expert was to be providing and in which you will be understanding. And so with that being said, I would think twice before calling anyone in any field an expert, especially when there is always something new to learn.

  24. Brandon Medici June 13, 2019 at 4:01 pm #

    I believe an expert is a person that has a lot of experience in a specific field or multiple fields. People can be experts in different fields like someone can be an expert at academics and another person can be an expert in various sports. I agree with the author that people feel more engaged with experts because they would understand what the people are going through and can form of connection with them. With the new technology that is available to everybody in today’s time, people can just look up information on how to be an expert in something that they are interested in and then they could try it themselves to see if they are an expert in that field. Lastly, when it comes to events like elections, whether it’s a presidential election or even a school board election, people will vote for the candidates that have an expertise and meet the qualifications for the position because people would want a person who knows what they are doing.
    I agree with Madison Becker that an expert is more than just the highest degree or position someone can received in their respective field because someone can receive the highest degree without much experience and can only go so far, while someone who hasn’t received the highest degree could have a lot of experience in their field and could go really far in the workforce when they received the highest degree. Also, people could receive the highest degree without putting in the extra effort, but then they would have a hard time in moving up in the real world, while someone who does more than what is required of them will make it pretty up in the real world. Lastly, I agreed with Edward Holzel that real experts do not have look things like a textbook or an instruction manual because if they are truly an expert in that field like they say they are, then they should the material by heart.

  25. Corinne Roonan September 1, 2019 at 5:59 pm #

    Expertise in the modern world is not defined by having a seemingly unending abyss of knowledge pertaining to one subject; definitions like that are worthless in the google-run world surrounding us. I would not consider google to be an expert on every topic. Google is a data base with every single piece of information needed in modern life, but that is exactly where the issue with google existing as an expert lies.
    In simple searches, google provides answers quickly and accurately, sometimes without even making you search through an article or link in order to find the answer. For example, when searching “what color is the sky” on Google, the platform does not need to give you links that will lead to the answer. Instead, the browser immediately displays “A cloudless sky in the daytime, appears blue to the human eye.” In most of our lives, though, the questions we turn to google for are much more complex and require more than twelve words to answer. In this situation, google will display numerous pages with links leading to articles relating to your search. Regardless of how many filters you put on your search, there tends to be copious amounts of information that make finding a definite answer quickly difficult, if not borderline impossible.
    Yes, maybe everything you need can be found on Google. Understanding what information is important to your specific situation, though, is exactly why experts are regarded as necessary now. Human experts have an ability to understand and interpret situations surrounding the need for information that Google is unable to process. For example, information surrounding the law can easily be found on Google. If I were to be in trouble with the law and was summoned to court to fight a case against me, I could theoretically use Google or another search engine to find information that may be helpful to my case. It is impossible for me to gain the knowledge of a lawyer who has studied law in a professional setting through Google, though. In this situation, turning to an expert in the law gives me the advantage of someone who can tailor their expertise to my situation in order to give me the best outcome (not spending time in prison as a fool).
    Google may do a lot of things well, but along with its’ inability to tailor information comes its’ inability to provide humanity. Google cannot connect with humans the way human beings can, making google obsolete in building the trust of its’ users. With human beings, logic can only go so far. For example, in politics, two candidates can say the same thing and back their ideas up with logic and fact, but the politician with more charisma will build the trust of the voters much easier than the politician lacking in charisma will. In the same way, an emotionally intelligent human being with charismatic qualities is much more likely to gain the trust of a client as an expert than Google is. In a world where technology seems to envelop every person’s attention, our nature still values the knowledge that others possess.

  26. Shamar Kipp September 5, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

    I have thought about this topic on numerous occasions. What really makes an expert an expert? Like the article says, the world we live in now is a playground of information and I can find solutions to my questions and concerns at the click a few buttons. If I can’t spell a word, I don’t need an english degree or a dictionary to figure it out. Google, as a society, has become our teachers and experts. The definition of an expert according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is ” having, involving, or displaying special skill or knowledge derived from training or experience”. I feel like the need of experts is very necessary. I say that in response to the portion of the article titled “Experts are human filter”. An expert can give potent and precise advice to clients that will help them with their particular problem as opposed to them getting a general solution from the web. Experts help to relay the academic information that they have learned and apply it to the community that they live in. They are not only experts in an academic sense but they must be experts in people. Emotional IQ and knowledge is ridiculously valuable in this age of digitized information. If you can relate a product or idea to a body of people where it tugs at their emotion and you genuinely portray interest in their problems will help them tremendously more than empty comments on a screen. Personally, I believe we should make the term “expert” obsolete and just say someone is professional. I can use my 24 hours and 7 days in a week to “Google” everything about web designing and become an expert on web designing. If I can not relate that information to the public and help my community develop websites for local businesses for example than what am I really useful for? I will just be another person with plentiful knowledge of a topic.

  27. Zachary Crockett September 6, 2019 at 2:48 pm #

    The article above presents what it means to be an expert and how experts although are not as valuable information-wise as they once were, still hold value in contributing to the present society. With Google and numerous other search engines having the know all be all, they are far superior when it comes to distributing and collecting information. But, the one thing lacking that experts possess is human interaction. When dealing with experts, the consumer feels more engaged and cared for. There’s a certain feeling expressed when another human can perfect a good or service for another, rather pushing buttons and receiving the same answer everyone else receives in a matter of seconds. Experts develop and build authentic relationships. How many of us love the environment of a barbershop? A vast majority do for there are numerous references involving hanging and spending time in a barbershop. In my experience, my barber has become one of my bestriends. He has become someone I can vent to, catch up with and ultimately enjoy each other’s time. Life would continously become more blend if we did not utilize those experts and just googled how to cut hair. As a society, there must be a common balance between utilizing our everyday experts versus our click of a button, search engines.

  28. Zachary Crockett September 6, 2019 at 2:50 pm #

    The article above presents what it means to be an expert and how experts although are not as valuable information-wise as they once were, still hold value in contributing to the present society. With Google and numerous other search engines having the know all be all, they are far superior when it comes to distributing and collecting information. But, the one thing lacking that experts possess is human interaction. When dealing with experts, the consumer feels more engaged and cared for. There’s a certain feeling expressed when another human can perfect a good or service for another, rather pushing buttons and receiving the same answer everyone else receives in a matter of seconds. Experts develop and build authentic relationships. How many of us love the environment of a barbershop? A vast majority do for there are numerous references involving hanging and spending time in a barbershop. In my experience, my barber has become one of my best friends. He has become someone I can vent to, catch up with and ultimately enjoy each other’s time. Life would continuously become more blend if we did not utilize those experts and just googled how to cut hair. As a society, there must be a common balance between utilizing our everyday experts versus our click of a button, search engines.

  29. Zachary Crockett September 6, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

    The article above presents what it means to be an expert and how experts although are not as valuable information-wise as they once were, still hold value in contributing to the present society. With Google and numerous other search engines having the know all be all, they are far superior when it comes to distributing and collecting information. But, the one thing lacking that experts possess is in life communication. When dealing with experts, the consumer feels more engaged and cared for. There’s a certain feeling expressed when another human can perfect a good or service for another, rather pushing buttons and receiving the same answer everyone else receives in a matter of seconds. Experts develop and build authentic relationships. How many of us love the environment of a barbershop? A vast majority do for there are numerous references involving hanging and spending time in a barbershop. In my experience, my barber has become one of my best friends. He has become someone I can vent to, catch up with and ultimately enjoy each other’s time. Life would continuously become more blend if we did not utilize those experts and just googled how to cut hair. As a society, there must be a common balance between utilizing our everyday experts versus our click of a button, search engines.

  30. Walter Dingwall September 6, 2019 at 4:31 pm #

    It’s February 9th, 1964, and Ed Sullivan takes his stand in front of the set’s great curtain. Gesturing to the curtain, he says to us, the audience, “ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles,” and through a roar, four Liverpudlians are playing “I Want to Hold Your Hand” for their first time in America. The lads would go on to be the most profitable and one of the most studied musical acts in history. It can be agreed that The Beatles are to be considered “experts” in their field. If the opportunity arose, they would be a good source from whom to learn to write songs and produce popular music.
    Curt Steinhorse refers to experts as being the ones that don’t just demonstrate “their qualification and their beliefs,” but rather those who also “try to connect with their consumers,” giving greater credibility. The information known is becoming only as valuable as the conveyance of the information. This idea has made its way into my courses, as professors acknowledge the ease and the necessity of search engines, making fact finding quicker than it ever has been. A world of information in near everyone’s pocket.
    Business statistics is not just a number crunching and generating course for the impersonal. It is conveyed that the numbers are not of any importance if they are not understandable for the regular observer. The observer needs to know what they’re having explained to them in the numbers. For this, the use of graphs and other visual representations is demonstrated and involved in the curriculum.
    In financial accounting, the same significance in communication is emphasized. Employees in the number crunching departments must be able to show the marketing and managing departments what the numbers they’ve found which only their specialized knowledge could understand in the raw form (without the fun pictures and captions).
    Even in this comment is there little worth if the words are senseless and beyond understandable. And for the ease in finding information, there is also little value in my words if they give the same knowledge as so many others have. But, if I can shed light on any bit of darkness the reader has on the subject, that is a progression towards “expertise” in a particular field.
    The Beatles are certainly no Mozart in 1964, but they could write, play and sing the songs that got the grandest response from their audience. The songs were quick, they were pop, and went straight to the top. The songs weren’t musical masterpieces on paper and the words weren’t philosophical and insightful. They were “experts” of Steinhorse’s definitions. They were salesmen, and they were raking in buyers of great masses.
    They were “experts” on being “experts” before this new definition. It is for us to take on this role in our fields and become more the little encyclopedias.

  31. Mikaela Battaglia September 6, 2019 at 6:19 pm #

    The literal definition of an expert is “a person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area” (Oxford Dictionary). Although this is one of the definitions of an expert, there are other aspects to being an “expert” that do not fit this definition exactly. This article focuses on the ability to not only need to know information about a certain subject, but having credibility within your community to be considered a true expert. With the internet being many people’s main mode of information, anyone can look up anything and consider themselves an expert on that topic. However, how reliable is that information? In my opinion, an expert is someone who has done significant research on a subject, not only using Google but also using other certified and approved resources such as scientific journals or textbooks. However, the ability to know the information is one thing, but the expert also has to be able to relay that information to others in an eloquent and sophisticated manner to be taken seriously.
    With the rise of blogs and social media also comes the question of “are you really an expert?” Every mommy blog will tell you this is how you swaddle your baby the best, or this is the best food for full nutrition and weening the baby off of the bottle. And although they have a good understanding of what worked well for their child and what they think many work for others, they are by no means an expert. An OB/GYN or pediatric doctor will be the real experts to go to to talk about newborn babies, because they know information on how to take care of all different children and not just one. This example can be applied to anything, like cooking or even editing an Instagram photo. Who would you rather go to for advice, a teenage girl who has been editing their photos using their iPhone, or a professional photographer who has worked on serious projects like National Geographic and Vogue? The answer is pretty simple, the latter option is the one that should be the go to for advice, because they are a true expert in their field which is proven by their professional acceptance and credibility in their respected community.
    Overall, anyone could consider themselves an “expert”, but a true expert is one that could explain something to you effortlessly with confidence, not one who has to double check what they are saying is accurate.

  32. Nicholas Hicks September 6, 2019 at 7:14 pm #

    While I think this article gives an excellent impression of why Experts remain relevant in the digital age I think the author missed a major point. One which I would consider to be, functionally, the most important part of maintaining relevance as an expert, especially in a consumer field such as the “TV guy” example. In my opinion and experience, which is of course much more limited than the author of the article, I would consider the regional utility of an expert to be the most important factor of remaining relevance. Google can provide a wealth of information and even show you “shops near me” that hold whatever product you are looking for, but when truly searching for a good deal on a specific item, especially large purchases like cars or houses, the regional familiarity of an expert is massively important. For instance, when searching for a specific car, used or new, you would want to consult with someone who knows the regional car lots very intimately and could help you to seek out the best deal and highest quality product for your money. This grows even more important when considering automotive collectors who could be looking for a specific model or looking to have their car restored, these are costly tasks and it serves the consumer to know a local expert with connections to owners and shops with experience in the area so that the consumer can ensure top of the line work for their money.
    I certainly agree with the author of the article on the remaining importance of an expert being able to recall facts and information without the assistance of notes. Due to the nature of online information sharing and its limited reliability people are oft quick to trust another person’s information on a topic rather than the first headline that pops up on google. Because of this it is important for experts to be able to recall information on the fly during conversation so that they can inform people and cement their position within the community.

  33. Javier Tovar September 6, 2019 at 7:29 pm #

    The definition of an expert is a person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area. This article shows how even in an age of technology where information on anything is a click away, having experts on topics is still very important to society. When I think of an expert, I don’t think of the student who memorized every detail in a physics book. That student who memorized that physics material may have tons of knowledge, but the real question is can he/she communicate the important knowledge to someone else; that can be a challenge for many. If someone has all the knowledge, he/she can obtain on a certain topic, but can’t communicate information to others, are they an expert in their field? The answer is no they are not. Albert Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” I think this quote holds significant value when it comes to being an expert in a particular field. Not only do you need to fully understand how to communicate something, but you also need to know who you are communicating to and what they need to know. If you don’t know how to filter information to someone else’s benefit, then you are not an expert at all. You are just someone with a lot of information who can’t use it to communicate to others in the community.
    A great example of good experts are teachers. They have spent years gaining knowledge upon knowledge in a certain field of their choice. Not only do they retain their knowledge, but they are required to use it everyday in the classroom. A “good” teacher is also an expert because they communicate the information to a community of students. A good teacher or professor will communicate information clearly and also information the student is looking for. I consider some teachers and professors experts because of their ability to have all this information and to give it to students in which they can understand and use to their benefit. An expert in any workplace or has the ability of leaving an impact on others by the way they communicate their knowledge to the community unlike someone who is just book smart with no skill in communicating.

  34. Joe Antonucci September 7, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

    The takeaway from this article is very simple: extent of knowledge is not nearly as useful as being able to apply that knowledge. An expert typically means someone who knows a lot about a topic, but in the age of google, as the author says, we are all “experts” now. But the term “expert” implies a cream-of-the-crop classification of people, and in 2019 an expert is someone who has knowledge, but knows how to use it in a meaningful way. Being able to assess a situation, weigh specific options, and make the best decision while gauging other potential variables is what makes someone an expert.

    The issue frankly boils down to the fact that a new piece of technology can spit out semantic information at a remarkable speed and can certainly come in handy, but machines cannot think. Human beings can interact with each other, learn from experience, and apply knowledge to real world situations, which is something that a machine cannot do. Even if they could one day, they would only be able to do so to the extent that it was programmed and taught to do so by a human being.

    Nowadays, there is no use burying your face in a book for years and years to achieve expertise, because that information is already available to everyone and easily accessible to everyone. To be an expert in science, there must be a degree of reading and studying, yes, but also time spent in for example, a laboratory, or anywhere that involves critical thinking and problem solving via the application of that “book” knowledge. Experts are called so because they are credible; reading a thousand books does not grant you credibility. That is something only other people can do. By learning through experience, we can not only enrich our own minds and become experts in our fields, we generate relationships with people who will remember us and perhaps even seek us out when they need some help with something that they believe we have expertise on.

    Times are certainly changing, and the old idea of what an expert is may be on its way out (or long gone), but that doesn’t mean the definition can’t evolve a little, and it has.

  35. Anthony Vacchiano September 8, 2019 at 7:51 pm #

    After reading “How to be an Expert” written by Curt Steinhorst, he brings up a very valid point of how can someone during this day and age be an expert with the ulimited amount of information at our finger tips. But looking for information on your phone for the answer is not always the best way of communicate to a person. Being an expert, one has to already know the information off the top of there head. People become experts in fields they grow up in. If someone grows up in agriculture that person is more likely to know information about where and how there food is grown and made. Comparing this to a person that lives in the inner city, there interest and ideas may differ and they could not even care about where there food comes from but they might be an expert in and how to get around the city with public transportation. I truly believe that there is not better expert than google, it brings together millions of ideas all across the globe, this is phasing out the pre-internet people days of being an expert on a topic. Google always people to become experts in topic within seconds of searching.
    Interesting point that was brought up, how people use the internet to connect with people about. People try to use current days events to bond with there audience over with.

  36. Samuel Kihuguru September 9, 2019 at 10:27 pm #

    The essential value of an expert in this industrial age presented in Steinhorst’s writing is not something I took precisely as a answer I would have given. My thoughts on expertise was that beyond the access to information we have today, via the search engines and media platforms we may chose to freely avail ourselves of, we must have the charge to understand and practice that subject matter enough that becomes an almost unconscious continuous thread of thought, in and out of its intellectual environment. I saw this definition slightly addressed in the second clause: “experts don’t usually need notes.” However, i was struck by the realization that it is ever crucial to address the impact of our knowledge to our society as the governing principle of expertise. I am reminded of the theory vs. practical drift in all almost every subject matter we are faced with that determines, beyond the textbook interpretations and analogies, our ability to take and make use of elements of that knowledge in our practical environments. Steinhorst references the ability to be human filters. The task of using information to identify what is actually required for clients and customers to know about shows how expertise ties itself into practical usefulness in a world where information is in excess. What we do with the data on our search engines and the topics we find ourselves most conversant in, will determine our contribution to society based on how we apply those concepts efficiently to those who need it around us.

  37. Louis Priolo September 18, 2019 at 9:27 am #

    I enjoyed the beginning of the article where the author challenged how anyone could be an expert where so much information is freely available. He challenges that we need to update our definition of an “expert”. The author defines today’s expert as the position where one stands within his or her community, not simply that person’s academic standing. He dives into three essential factors that make someone an expert.
    The first factor is that experts are human filters, which means that an expert is someone who is aware of and can select information that someone actually needs to know in order to solve their problem. This is a great point, because many people who claim to be gurus or experts will throw copious amounts of information at others in order to sound like they know what they are talking about, but really are just confusing that person even more than before.
    Secondly, experts do not need to use notes. One’s ability to communicate a topic with clarity and efficiency without the aid of a search engine, like Google, indicates his or her expertise.
    Lastly, experts are always “ours”, which means no person is universally acknowledged as an expert. We find our own expert on various topics; they are people in our community.
    I appreciate this article tremendously, because it is right on point. I can relate to the second factor, because if someone approached me about baseball or sports information in general, I am 99.99% sure I would not have to look up any of the information, which would make me somewhat of an expert on the topic. However, if that same person asked me a question about chemistry, I would not even blink before I was typing it into Google.

  38. Maeve Lersch September 22, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

    I found this article interesting because at first I was unsure how it would relate to my own personal life, and the title of the article “How To Be An Expert” got my attention because I think this piece could have gone in many directions, so I was curious. I found it to be an important piece to read because I think it relates greatly to how to make yourself marketable specifically as a job prospect which for me is on my mind a lot at this point in my life. The article talked focused a lot on the value of adding a human element to knowledge. This is important because today getting information is much easier with Google, so it is important to not only be smart but also be able to apply the knowledge and take what is useful for the community you are serving. Google can give you pretty much all the information you need, but what makes an expert stand out from everyone else is their ability to select what is needed.
    The second thing I thought was important was how experience is key in making an expert. This is similar to adding a human element to knowledge because you have to know more than just the facts, you need personal experiences and connections to back it up. The example the article used was about voters and what candidate they choose to back. As a voter typically you look at more than just the facts they give you look at what they have done. I think the same notion applies to the job hiring process. Employers look at more than just what school a potential employee went to which would be the facts of knowledge; they look at experience beyond the education, and how someone applied the education to the real world and how they interacted with people. The best applicant for a job is someone that used their education to create real experiences with the people around them just as experts use their knowledge to create personal connections through experiences. In my life, I can very much relate to this because when I have gone on interviews they have asked how I have applied what I have learned to experiences in my life, not just if I can recite the information I learned in one of my marketing classes.

  39. Alen Del Valle October 16, 2019 at 6:40 pm #

    I still see a need for expert in today’s world, even though we have something like Google to give us all the information we want to know. In my opinion, Google can not give us information on a specific subject like the way human beings can. In the article, Curt Steinhorst says how expertise is “a reflection of your standing within your community, not simply your academic standing.” This has such a deep meaning because people think of experts as geniuses in multiple fields of study. Usually experts have much knowledge about one subject, but it is because they did multiple studies within their community. One essential factor of expertise mentioned in the article is that experts are human filters. They will distribute information that can not just be searched and found by Google. Experts usually want to help consumers and give them the certain information that they need to know about the subject they know. Another factor mentioned is they usually have all the knowledge stored and do not need notes as some sort of reminder. Experts can give you the information on the spot and do not really need to go back to something that they may have written down to give you the information you need. As Steinhorst said in the article, he had a very good interactions with a particular employees. Every time he goes to this Nebraska Furniture Mart, he asks for “his guy” and considers this employee when anyone says they need a TV. As far as he knows, this guy working at this store knows everything there is to know about televisions. The last factor is experts are always “ours”. Everyone has that person they go to when they need specific information about. You can always rely on that person when you need to know something about a certain topic and he will give you what you need quick and easy.

  40. Hannah F October 18, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

    Being an expert in a specific topic or field is extremely unique. The meaning of an expert has been altered, considering in today’s society all information is accessible through the internet. The author describes an expert today is a person who interacts with their community and not just based on their knowledge. I find this definition to be interesting because I have never thought of an expert being engaged within their community. I simply just thought an expert was defined as someone who has lots of knowledge on a specific topic. The author describes three factors experts should have. The first is being able to gather information and filter out the useful information from the useless information. The second factor of being an expert is not needing any notes to refresh your memory on information. An expert is able to recite information solely from their memory. The last and final factor is there are no experts that universally acknowledged by everyone. Experts just depend on who we as individuals acknowledge as experts. I do agree with the author that an expert is not just someone with knowledge, it is a person that is able to connect with others on a personal level. Someone could consider the internet as being the ultimate expert, but the internet does not have a personal relationship with anybody.

  41. Megan Cannon October 18, 2019 at 2:03 pm #

    When I think of the word expert, I think of someone who is totally indulged in their “work,” and their knowledge can be accessed without a second thought. Like this article stated, an expert is someone who usually doesn’t need notes. I found this point interesting, because some people may think of an expert as being someone who knows a lot about multiple topics, and that is just not possible. Like this article states, “you will never accumulate more knowledge than Google.” So what makes a consumer go to someone for a sale, or opinions from an “expert?” The personal connections that they make, and the fact of having “their person.” Think about it, having someone to go to when your car needs to be fixed, and having a mechanic, or an “expert” in your corner, telling you what your car needs and what it may not need, its nice to have a personal expert to turn to, and not just Google. There are many talks that “robots will take over,” but the one thing that Google does not have, is the personal aspect that we as humans like to have when it comes to advice, sales, etc. When you’re in the market for big purchases, you want an expert in your corner, and not just Google to give you “some” factual information that may be useful.

  42. Dominic Caraballo October 18, 2019 at 4:31 pm #

    This article stands out because I believe that everyone wants to be an expert at something and the article being titled, “How to Be An Expert,” attracts readers. I find it interesting that the article takes a different stance on what being an expert actually means. To most people, being an expert can correlate with being a know-it-all, but Steinhorst states that it doesn’t come with knowledge alone, but the ability to communicate that information to others. He even goes further in depth to illustrate the connection between an expert and their role within the community. I think this is important because what good is an expert if they do not share their wisdom and connect with others to spread that wisdom. I can relate to the part within the article where Steinhorst says that experts are not acknowledged by a wide audience yet we find our own. I argue everyone in their life has someone that they regard as an expert but isn’t seen as one by everyone.

    Additionally, the part in the article where Steinhorst states that experts are human filters resonates with me because in this day and age technology is prevalent. While no one can argue that technology isn’t accurate in giving you the information you need, it can lack the ability to effectively pass on that information. I argue this is because technology lacks the human element of being able to transmit the information in a variety of forms. Also, I think it is significant to note that it is important for humans to interact with one another and derive their information that way before turning to technology. It not only can give the desired answers, but also build a greater sense of comradery. This can open up doors for further relations yielding much more than answers.

  43. Kevin Orcutt October 18, 2019 at 8:12 pm #

    There are many things that make up an expert to me that are not covered by the article. To me, you do not have to be acknowledged as an expert by a mass of people to actually be one in the field that you are drawn to. A seek for others approval to be called an expert in what you do and is not what you should be focusing on. The only reason this would not apply is if you are a company trying to amass a following so that you start to become a monopoly of the business. This is very essential because you need others to believe you are so that they come to you first for whatever you are selling because you are the “person” to go to. It is also very easy like the article outlines by showing that a constant presence and demonstrations are what is needed to be seen as an expert on something in the eyes of the media. The more you saturate the market with your name, the more people will become accustomed to seeing you, and trusting you. If you are always showing what you are capable of doing more than anyone else, you will be seen as the expert. A great example is an entrepreneur by the name of Gary Vaynerchuck. One of his biggest tips of advice is that you must be producing around 100 forms of posts everyday on social media to make it as an entrepreneur. Like I said, the more your name is out there, the more people see you only as the expert and no other people. Gary is seen as the expert on how to start as a young entrepreneur because he demonstrates it through his work of going to garage sales on the weekend to show that anyone can buy and sell for a profit. He also posts more than anyone else which earned him the title of expert. Lastly, I think that what makes an expert in their field is the lack of distractions in their life. They cut out almost all things that don’t contribute to their success and only focus on their one and only goal. The biggest distraction today is the world wide web which people spend hours on a day not being productive in their own lives and expanding their knowledge to be in a better position in life. Experts are the people that have their priorities in life and don’t let them be compromised for any mediocre reason.

  44. Ryan Geschickter October 18, 2019 at 8:46 pm #

    This article explains a lot about how to be an expert on something and in all honesty an ‘expert’ can be looked in the light very differently among people you ask and what they personally define it as. Personally, I think that anybody an be an expert as long as they do their individual research and stand by what they know, as well as use their research to back up certain claims they may make, than they can truly be in consideration to have the title ‘expert.’
    Taking time to be an expert at something takes a lot of time an effort and takes a sort of mastering to know everything you can about the topic or thing of interest. I feel that to be an expert in something, it should start off as something you are already very familiar with and have a caring for, whether this be a sport such as baseball or a hobby such as trading cards. One however, must not just refer to personal memory though, but rather to fact in order fully understand the history everything behind it. Personally, I wish that I could be an expert at something but it takes a significant mind to truly be a certified expert at something as I have yet to learn in many different aspects in things that I think I fully understand to the best of my knowledge. However, with things that I love, understand, have played, and watch on a daily such as hockey, I feel that there is so much left to understand in the sports history to truly be considered an expert. I believe that if I was to truly devote myself into learning all the history that I could definitely be considered an expert as my worth ethic would be shown in attempting to learn everything I can with the skills and history that I already know. In conclusion, I feel that when there is time on one’s hands and they care about the subject dearly, then there are more opportunities to becoming experts in their truly specific field of interest.

  45. MaryAnn G April 1, 2020 at 12:18 pm #

    What does it mean to be an expert? An expert is someone who has an extensive amount of knowledge towards a topic and is able to relay that information to someone else concisely, without the use of other searching. Many people may believe that they are an expert in certain topic because they have the knowledge but are not necessarily able to relay that message to others which does not make them a full expert according to this article. In my opinion, a great representation of an expert is a teacher or a professor. Not only are they experts in their chosen field, but they are able to convey the message clearly to people who may have no prior knowledge of the topic. I agree with this article because in this day and age everyone can have the same knowledge due to the availability of information, but if that person is unable to regurgitate it and explain it to others, than they are not fully understanding or internalizing what they have read. the ability to teach a topic shows the depth of understanding on their part, but if someone is unable to explain it, than they may not understand it themselves.

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