What’s your Expertise?..

Though the Business Dictionary defines an Expert as: The basis of credibility of a person who is perceived to be knowledgeable in an area or topic due to his or her study, training, or experience in the subject matter, the word expert connotes more meaning for me.

In my layman’s opinion, an expert is that person who is able to teach me something that I need to know and he/she knows it better than I do.1448343636737[1]

In my place, there is a proverb that says that “what one does not know is bigger than that person”Ā  which highlights the truism that knowledge is indeed power.

My young children seem to be more abreast with the electrical gadgets in the house than their mother and they are always amused when I have to call one of them to ask for help in fixing or putting on the new-fangled plasma screen TV etc, in return they get called praise names by me, like ”my Bobo genius, Mummy’s Champion” or any name that pops into my head and you can see their glow in proving valuable, so in such little instances, they are my experts.

During my growing up years, I believed that my dad was a genius and an expert.

He tinkered and fixed just about everything that got broken in his spare time, even those of our neighbours.

It occurred so often that it became the norm to see an honorary auntie or uncle come calling with a broken iron or kettle or car issues and you would hear them right from the entrance of our house saying ‘‘Jay, Jay Martins (that was my dad’s alias among his friends) biko/please can you help me look at this thing? I wonder what is wrong with it?”

He would collect it, fiddle around and in a lot of instances, he got it sorted. This was done freely.

It was just a hobby and not his job. He was not a trained engineer. He studied and worked as a crop scientist, yet his interest in knowing how things worked not only made my mum and his friends happy, but it put a lot of joy and smiles on his face.

Personally, I do not view expertise in the literal sense of the word of just being knowledgeable in a field of study, but the appropriate application of that knowledge to achieve required results.

Prowess in a particular field of knowledge may not be a subject of interest or a need to know information for me and therefore at that point in time, it is almost irrelevant.

On several occasions, I have asked other bloggers how they were able to do something that I found admirable and as I go on, I keep my eyes and heart open so that I may glean off the expertise of others while still working on developing the muscles of mine.

What areas of your life would you consider that you have sufficient prowess to be deemed an expert? Have you ever given it a thought?

Ā© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

NaBloPoMo Prompt – Who is an expert you admire and why?

Wednesday, November 25

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19 thoughts on “What’s your Expertise?..

  1. My daddy cut hair. I have no idea when he started nor how he learned, but he did not read books about it, or go to any school or class. No place like that in that part of our world. In a family of seven brothers and their offspring with a few neighbors and church folks he was regarded as an expert.
    I am a reading specialist; I guess that would be the area in which I might qualify as an expert. I believe I could teach just about any child to read and have a great time while doing it!

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  2. Hmmn …my expertise…thinking about it and trying to go beyond the obvious. Well story telling, being busy organizing everyone else. And men i was good at organizing my siblings while growing up as the oldest…they say i was over bearing…hahaha! I like the fact that your dad used is expertise to put a smile on the face of others. A reminder that lending my expertise to others shouldn’t always be about making some extra bucks. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Years ago, a co-worker commented that an expert is just someone who knows one more thing than you do. From then I’ve kind of given up on the idea of an expert. Seems like no matter what area, there will always be someone more experienced, so no one is really an expert. Just my .02.. That being said, I’m not an expert at anything! LOL

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