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If You Think an Expert is Expensive, Wait...840

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If you think an expert is too expensive, wait until you hire an amateur.

I wonder now how much money, time and effort I have wasted on hiring people, who in the end, couldn't do what I wanted anyway.

Am I the only one.

The only thing worse than wasting time, money and effort on an amateur is wasting the same on a 'so-called expert.'

What does a REAL expert look like? How can you tell?

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First thought - capable of walking away from offers that do not correlate to the required work. Does not underbid. (It does require sufficient $ padding to do that.)

As far as proving the capability - that varies. Examples of work. Referred by someone you know who has worked with that person. How relevant are the answers to the questions you ask? I wish I could say there is a 100% fool-proof plan that works, but sometimes the candidate is skilled at interviews and little else. Sometimes the job description doesn't match what the job really is - and the applicant's skillset.

From my side - I'm learning to not provide complete answers to all of the potential customer's questions. (I'll know I'm better at it when I no longer see that as a challenge). We've all been burned by it - talking to enough experts via contrived interviews to get free solutions.

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As a follow-up to one of my comments and Bill's original question - how have you proven that you're the expert to hire? That may provide the insight on how to filter in the ones who are more qualified.
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Belew private msg quote post Address this user

Before I weigh in, I am hoping others will first.
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tienny private msg quote post Address this user
Amateurs need training. Because before becoming an expert, they are amateurs in the history.
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What does a REAL expert look like?

How can you tell?

It's a thinning of the hair I think ... No wait @Rev has lots of hair ... hm mm .... perhaps it's both extremes, no hair or too much hair ...


Seriously though it's all perception, that is why content marketing works... it educates your audience with your knowledge so that they perceive you as being the expert and in all seriousness if you are active with content marketing over the years it takes to be successful, in the end you are that expert ...

Write about a niche for long enough =
you become an expert =
in the eyes of your audience =
audience growth =
more people see you as an expert.
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Rev private msg quote post Address this user

Not hair. It's in the eyes!
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My wife has often heard me pine, "Why do I have to learn everybody else's job just so I can be sure I am getting what I pay for!"

We have demeaned the value, the meaning, of words and as a result, I think, we pay the price. A webmaster isn't ANYONE who manages a website. A webmaster is one who MASTERS the craft of managing a website.

Recognizing that there is a craft, a protocol, a set of requirements, in doing any task is the first step. Then learning that craft, and ultimately mastering it, is well on the way to being an expert.

I heard a coach just yesterday telling their "peeps" that "everyone is an expert" as long as they had something to share that someone else didn't know. Hardly. That simply makes them a person with a little knowledge; often just enough to be dangerous.

I regularly see so-called gurus teaching their following that "expert" is a state of mind. If you believe you are an expert then you are an expert. Simple. Encouraging. Uplifting. But decidedly wrong. It is a complete misunderstanding, and utter misrepresentation, of self-actualization and the law of attraction.

My biggest bugbear is "Just do it!"

Some time ago a writer gave me their manuscript to review. I get them from time to time as part of another business I am involved in. This one was an historical fiction romance set just before the civil war. The primary setting was a farm in the mid-west.

They sent along their cover art. Two large round bales of hay dominated the foreground of a new-mown field with a small farm house nestled among a grove of trees in the distance. Nice.

A key passage described the chance meeting between the young woman heroine of the story and a farm hand who had just returned from town where he had acquired a new calf. The author made a point of describing the white tag stapled in the calf's ear.

Several other similar points of key description, including a Winchester rifle and a Colt .45 revolver, stood out -- well written, vivid, description but none-the-less incorrect.

Round bales and livestock ear tags did not actually exist until well into the 1900s. Had the Winchester repeating rifle and Colt .45 revolver been available for the Civil War history would be considerably different than it is.

When brought to the author's attention, I was told, "I'm the author. I can write anything I like. Besides, it is historical fiction. That's the fiction part!"

We politely declined to publish their work.

I am uncomfortable with the term expert. It implies a certain focus that I am not sure I have. More the specialist, perhaps, than I am prepared to be. I have more often thought of myself as a generalist. I know enough about the things I choose to do know to apply myself effectively, and usually efficiently. What I don't know I know where, and how, to find.

As for Rumsfeld's "unknown unknowns" I'll worry about those when they occur.
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