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I am an Expert…. on a whole lot of things.

Merriam Webster dictionary defines  Expert as:  having or showing special skill or knowledge because of what you have been taught or what you have experienced.

Wikipedia says….."An expert is someone widely recognized as a reliable source of technique or skill whose faculty for judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely is accorded authority and status by their peers or the public in a specific well distinguished domain. An expert, more generally, is a person with extensive knowledge or ability in a particular area of study. Experts are called in for advice on their respective subject, but they do not always agree on the particulars of a field of study. An expert can be, by virtue of training, education, profession, publication or experience, believed to have special knowledge of a subject beyond that of the average person, sufficient that others may officially (and legally) rely upon the individual's opinion...."

Before I start my story….. Let me say without a shadow of a doubt I am NOT an Expert,  I know a lot, but I am far from an Expert…. In this subject anyway.

I always equated the term Expert with knowledge and experience.  I mean, just knowing the material in my opinion does not make you an expert, it just makes you knowledgeable.   Why am I bringing this up you ask?  I recently was sitting in my office minding my own business when my text tone went off,  it was a partner of mine who currently was attending a webinar.  She was getting ready to leave for a conference and it was a webinar on how to get the most out of the conference.   Apparently they were going to be using Social Media tools in order to enhance the conference and she was excited to find out how to utilize them to get more bang for her buck at this conference.

At first she was very disappointed that this seemed to be a 101 type of Social Media instruction, at that point they lost her.  She did what I have done in a similar circumstance, I started looking up the people who were giving the webinar.  She starts blowing up my phone with rapid fire texts…..  Look up this person…. They only have 517 followers on twitter,   Look up this person…. They have 1037 twitter followers…… then comes the all important question….. How can they be experts when I have more twitter followers ( she has 13K+ and I have 35 K+ ) and they have already given 2 wrong instructions?  She then started digging further, they are proclaiming themselves as Social Media Experts, have a company that will do it for you, will help you establish you on the web, raise your Google ratings etc.  I could picture her in her office… shaking her head.

In this very digital age Social Media Experts are a dime a dozen, typically anyone who proclaims they are an expert are probably the furthest thing from it.    Just because I read a book on how to do something or take a class doesn’t make me an expert.  However you have those that don’t know any better who will believe someone because they don’t know any better.

I do a lot of my own research, I have gone to many a webinar and seminar on Social Media applications and practices.  I learned so much that I was able to generate 30% of the attendance at a groups National Conference just using applications and techniques I had  learned. Does that make me an Expert or just really good?

It distresses me when I see people proclaim themselves as “Experts” but haven’t a real clue what they are talking about, yet because they are good sales people, and have the ability to take information in and regurgitate it as if it was their original thoughts….. they are deemed experts.

I have a deep appreciation for Experts, I hire them, some of them are my best friends, without them I would be lost.

So what do you think?  What is the definition of an Expert?  If I study everything there is about music and playing a piano, but I am tone deaf does that still make me an Expert?  If I learn everything there is to know about Pole Vaulting, so that I know it inside and out and upside down, yet can’t actually vault, does that make me an expert Pole Vaulter?

Personally, I think it is not enough to know the material, you must be able to put it into practice and successful at it.  Just simply knowing the info is not enough, You must be able to not only Talk the Talk, you have to Walk the Walk, because the way the definition stands....  I am an Expert on a Whole Lot of Things.....  ask anyone I know, they will tell you.

Freedom of Speech HURTS, but not always who you would expect.

The recent incident involving the CEO of Chick-fil-A and the Local Politicians really got me thinking.  How does the public view a business?  Does the public actually know what a franchise is?  Better yet, do our Politicians?  In the Case of the Alderman that started this; the answer is NO.

Between the media and the three main characters in this little Drama, the person that counts the most is the person that is being ignored; the Owner of the Franchise.  Everyone seems to be forgetting that there is a person/owner of this store that is more than likely no different than you or I trying to open a business.  The Media, the Mayor, the Community at large and especially the Alderman seem to have forgotten about this person.  What little has been said about the owner has been that the owner's views are not the same as the CEO.  Yet because of the owner’s decision to affiliate themselves with the company, they are unfairly being labeled as “intolerant” and are unduly being hindered in opening their business.

The misperception by the Alderman, Mayor, Media and even the community that the CEO is the sole voice of the company is unfortunate.  How our business is perceived by the public is very important.  But in some cases such as in this case we have very little control over it.

While a Franchise may work differently than other Small Businesses, it is still a Small Business.  It is the owner of that store that will be paying the taxes.  It is the owner of that store that will be paying the employees.  It is the owner of that store that will suffer because of an unfortunate comment made by another person connected to the company name.

How the situation ends is still up in the air.  If the owner of that store has to make concessions based upon what the Alderman and City decide is downright frightening.  All because of someone else’s comment.

If I were the owner, I’m not sure how I would proceed.  I’d have to look at how much I invested in opening the store and how much I’d still have to spend.  If you were the owner; how would you proceed?

Business Afterhours at the Drink – August 29, 2012

If work's got you in a tizzy and you need to just relax and hang out with some like minded people folks while having some light snacks, then make sure you plan on showing up!

The Chicago Entrepreneur Meetup Group is holding another Business Afterhours. Come join us at on August 29, 2012 for our next Business Afterhours. Bring your business cards, network, and have some light snacks. This will be a great chance to get to know your fellow entrepreneurs and build solid relationships.

Relax and meet some new people after a long day of work. There will be a cash bar, and the Drink has graciously offered to provide some light snacks.

It's only $10.00 to attend if you preregister or $15.00 at the door. Here's the registration Link:
http://chicagoentrepreneur0829-com.eventbrite.com

Space and snacks are limited, so make sure you RSVP early to get in and enjoy the atmosphere.

Business Afterhours at the Drink – June 27, 2012

If work's got you in a tizzy and you need to just relax and hang out with some like minded people folks while having some light snacks, then make sure you plan on showing up!

The Chicago Entrepreneur Meetup Group is holding another Business Afterhours. Come join us at on June 27, 2012 for our next Business Afterhours. Bring your business cards, network, and have some light snacks. This will be a great chance to get to know your fellow entrepreneurs and build solid relationships.

Relax and meet some new people after a long day of work. There will be a cash bar, and the Drink has graciously offered to provide some light snacks.

It's only $10.00 to attend if you preregister or $15.00 at the door. Here's the registration Link:
http://chicagoentrepreneur0627-com.eventbrite.com

Space and snacks are limited, so make sure you RSVP early to get in and enjoy the atmosphere.

WHAT IF… Entrepreneur – Belief vs Doubt

As an entrepreneur, WHAT IF your vision became fulfilled.  And, what if it became fulfilled with velocity, within this year.  Do you truly believe that your vision will become reality, sooner rather than later?  Do you doubt your vision?  Or, what percentage of your vision is belief and what percentage of it is doubt?

 

They say it is good to visualize.  Therefore, let’s imagine WHAT IF…

 

-       You wrote down your Vision Statement and viewed it daily

 

-       You truly BELIEVE your vision is fulfilled

 

-       You consistently take the proper actions for your business to succeed and become profitable

 

-       You are able to purchase your 10,000 square foot home

 

-       You are able to travel to your favorite destinations with your family

 

-       You are able to enjoy your exotic vehicle

 

-       You fulfill your VISION this year!

 

At the core, BELIEF is involved with fulfilling one’s vision.  Earlier, the question was asked, what is your level of belief vs doubt.  Is it 50% belief and 50% doubt?  It is 80% belief and 20% doubt?  Or, is it 100% belief and 0% doubt?  One way to measure your level of belief is to observe your progress and results.  For example, if you take minimal actions on your business about once a week, making very slow progress, then your level of belief may be less than 50%.  And, doubt may possibly exceed belief.  Alternatively, if you are excited and taking massive action with your business on a daily basis and achieving success, then you may be much closer to 100% belief.  Always remember that a high level of excitement about your vision (or business) would lead to a high level of belief and will convert to massive successful actions.

 

As a resource, you may visit www.receivingincome.com to view a business vision that millions of people are excited about.  And, as you become excited about what you see, you may want to participate, believe and see your own results.  The key is to be excited and believe in the business or vision that YOU choose…  BELIEVE and ACHIEVE!!!