Does Anyone Know You Are an Expert?

February 19, 2010 at 3:26 PM | Posted in goals, leadership, opportunities | 1 Comment
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We all want to work with experts. We all consider ourselves expert in some area. How do we help our clients, who want to work with experts, discover that we are experts?

Luckily, with the internet, there are any number of venues for building your expert status. You do have to create that status. You can’t simply expect people to know you are an expert. Wouldn’t it be great if that was the way it worked? I have a technical background in Project Management, I’m a PMP, and I find many of us with technical backgrounds just assume everyone knows we are an expert. Not so!

While initials behind your name might be impressive to peers and people ‘in the know’ many people may have no idea what those initials signify. As someone who has a few initials I can put behind my name, CTACC and PMP for example, I know others with those same initials whose skills I don’t consider the same as mine. I’m sure you ALL have examples of your own!

You need to showcase exactly what your expertise is. A PMP is a Professional Project Manager; it doesn’t mean that I am an expert at the end-to-end process. There are some pieces I am better at than others. When you showcase your expertise and build that platform people understand where exactly your expertise resides.

It is no longer necessary to write and publish a traditional book to build your status. It helps greatly to have a book published and there are options like self-publishing and eBooks. Both options are viable and produce good results.

The Internet opens a world of opportunity for those who want to share their expertise with the world. Whether you are a coach, speaker or business owner your potential clients need to believe you are the expert that can help them with their issue.

What remains important as you share your expertise is that you continue to do it in your authentic voice. There is room for every expert and we are not a fit for every client. Individuals can immediately sense if someone is not being authentic. Sharing our expert status helps those clients who resonate with us find us and helps identify those who are better served working with others.

A few ideas on how to build your expert status:

  • • Hold a seminar
  • • Write a blog
  • • Share tips/tricks on social media
  • • Collaborate with other experts on a program
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Offline and a Thank You

February 11, 2010 at 10:38 AM | Posted in leadership, opportunities | 2 Comments
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I am going to be offline for a few days. Completely offline, no access; unless I got to the local Starbucks and access their wireless network; or send the occasional Twitter via my Blackberry.

I’m going home for a funeral. There is no wireless access where I am staying and getting on to their network is, to put it mildly, mind numbing. This isn’t all bad. I will have the time to consider what I have lost, to recreate relationships with people I haven’t seen in a long time, to focus on pleasant memories and create new ones.

The solo-preneur in me is slightly panicked at the idea of not being able to check my email every day. Yet, I’ve let everyone who might have an immediate requirement know how to reach me. What a box we get ourselves into! I love my work! It’s not really work. I should be able to unplug without dreading the massive number of email I’ll have to deal with or worrying that I’ll miss something important. Nothing will happen in 4 days that cannot be addressed when I get home.

We all need time to unplug, to bond with our families. Without those connections it can be very difficult to be effective in your work and to maintain your passion for your work. It is unfortunate that it is taking a death to get me away from my plugged in world (I need to work on that), fortunate that I get to reconnect with friends and family.

I’ll embrace these few days without an internet connection and focus on healing myself and my family. I’m grateful that you will all be here when I get back.

Namaste

Social Media Strategy

January 26, 2010 at 8:41 PM | Posted in content | 2 Comments
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How do you use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media? Even your blog (if you have one) -does it have a point, a focus? If you are just out there spewing quotes from everyone else how much of an impact are you making?

This was a hot topic at a recent seminar I facilitated. Some of the attendees were very proud of their 10,000 Twitter followers. They should be, it’s quite an accomplishment to have all of those folks following you. Then I asked how much business they were generating from those 10,000 people. Most of them couldn’t tell me even IF they were generating business from social media. Others had a few people contact them but nothing fabulous.

A common theme- most of the individuals using social media didn’t have a strategy. If you are content to simply put random information out on a sporadic basis and are not concerned about bringing in clients and making business connections then keep doing what you are doing.  Have a great time!

If you are interested in building your business using social media I have a few suggestions:

  • Focus on a few sites at a time- you don’t need to be on every site, pick the sites that speak to you and that you will regularly update
  • Regularly update your status- by regular I mean at least every other day, I suggest updating a few times a day at different times of the day; It doesn’t have to be onerous. Simply update what you are doing, retweet or repost an interesting fact, article, blog that someone shared with you. I see so many folks that simply place quotes from other people on their status update and they do it multiple times a day.

The whole point of social media is to be social, build relationships, share relevant, interesting information. I don’t want to read someone else’s quote, I want to know what is going on in your head. How else am I to build a relationship with you? To determine if I know, like and trust you? (the Keys to getting someone to purchase- they must know, like and trust you)

Don’t misunderstand, the occasional quote is a good thing, it does help me to understand what inspires you. But I really want to know what you are thinking.

  • Post relevant information- Recently someone posted details about just how sick they were- frankly, that was information I did NOT need to know. If you are using social media primarily to build business relationships focus on posting relevant information. Mix it up, tell me about a seminar you attended, about a revelation you had and share ideas to XXXX (insert ideas relevant to your business).
  • You can always mix in information about what’s going on in your life – for instance, my internet provider has been down for about 4 hours, so I Tweeted that I had to find things to do that don’t require the internet.  Or let us all know about where you are going for your 20th anniversary. Just be mindful that you are building business relationships.
  • Share your successes and congratulate others on their success.

Those are just a few of the ideas I share with my clients to help them build a profitable social media strategy. You can build a successful strategy. If you’re not sure how I can help. Get in touch with me.

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