2015/01/29 Leave a comment
Experts are people devoted to the same cause having a mythical passion to get further in the evolution and push innovation for the better. Eventually they will share their findings with “late adopters” and care little about “laggards” since they are already light years ahead of the game themselves. In their opinion the next gig is far sexier than explaining an old story to those who dislike change anyway. Because being an Expert requires change no matter with subject matter of expertise. Even the Pope is an Expert and recently said to “laggards” in Europe it was time to change!
So which group of Experts does one ask permission to join? Because often Experts are very picky about who can talk to them not to mention join their club of Experts. Here is what I recommend:
1. If people – read Expert material – have mentioned you are really good at something and it shows you have a passion for the subject typically there is where to start. Write down 1-3 subjects/skills that fit that category.
2. Now test this with like minded individuals by lunching at least once weekly with an Expert or Expert to be. It’s important to pick different levels of Experts since the best ones will either ignore your lunch invitation or wait until you hang on their shirt literally begging about 60 minutes of their time. Remote Skype, Hangouts or phone calls are OK too.
3. Now that you know your level of expertise it’s time to hang out with those who are one notch above you. The ones that can explain things, see the future and love telling a story about it. Forget those who give you books to read, seminars to attend or hours of YouTube content to watch. They are just fobbing you off really.
4. Join a group of Experts on LinkedIn, MeetUp, Facebook etc. in your city before aiming for the Fight Club Membership. You show up sharp, smart and sexy so Experts notice you no matter which subject. Geeks have a dress code too if you didn’t know!
5. Make it a habit to contribute content in online forums, social media and most of all recognize your peers. You wont’t become an Expert unless this starts happening to you i.e. people hang on your shirt go get 60 minutes of your valuable time over lunch!
I started 2015 with getting closer to the Start Up community in Montreal having spent six months observing the Experts, lunching with them and getting a better understanding of what makes them tick. Then I decided to focus on one place where they meet – The Notman House. After a series of events I really liked the buzz of a specific group of Experts and joined their network. Now this year I will do my very best to be recognized as a beginner in Montreal!
Website: Start Up Canada
Cost: Most events are free and happen after office hours. When an attendance fee is charged it rarely costs more than $50.
Time to make decision and execute: 5 minutes it took to sign up for my first Start Up Canada event at the Notman House last autumn.
Benefit: The value is often not measured in dollars, but in time saved to learn the skills on your own or at university! Not to mention the network reach for future Expert advice! Getting out of your comfort zone is priceless too!