I am not an expert (And neither are you.)

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As most of you who know me online know, I frequent #blogchat. It’s an amazing chat and I encourage anyone even SOMEWHAT interested in social media or blogging to participate.

After all, there are no experts in the chat, as Mack Collier says.

That being said, there seems to be a vocal minority of people contesting the things people having to say. Specifically, people are dismissing the advice people are giving out saying that it’s from “self-proclaimed experts” or that people seem to bring attention to themselves.

 Hey, it’s FREE advice. If you don’t like it, don’t bitch about it.

And it’s not just in #blogchat that I see this either. It seems like everyone is bad-mouthing the advice that people give. Ok, look, I’m not that big on the whole “social media guru” thing myself, but even those types of people have some semblance of intelligent things to say sometimes.

Even if someone’s inexperienced in Social Media or the topic in question, they may still have experiences that shine a new light on the way people can look at things. That Engineer may not know marketing and advertising, but you can bet they might know a thing or two about organizing and building a project. Their previous expertise can give you advice that’s just as useful as an expert in your field.

As for me, I’m not an expert. And I doubt you are too. In fact, I’ve met very few people who actually are experts. I consider myself knowledgeable in the fields of social media and content, but I am certainly no authority (Not yet, anyway.) Are you someone on the lines of Darren Rowse? Chris Brogan? That’s the criteria; those are experts in their respective fields.

But this shouldn’t stop you from giving advice (or taking it.) You are knowledgeable in your area, you have knowledge to share, you should share it. There have been numerous times in history where the expert is corrected by the apprentice. And what better way to become an expert than share knowledge with others?

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