If you know your subject and you can explain it to someone else, you will be viewed as an expert. Often, being an expert in a specific area is being able to explain the information in a simple way. Bestselling author Michael Port made this case at a recent conference I attended. Being the expert means being able to explain things clearly. However, even if you really understand something but you do a confusing job explaining it, your audience is going to wonder whether you actually understand it. They are going to be confused if it does not make sense.
If you can explain things in simple terms in a way that makes sense to your audience, they will often embrace the concepts, and they will have an “aha!” moment. As you say it, they will say, “Wow! That makes sense.” That is one of the keys to being an expert.
It has been said that if you cannot explain something simply, you do not understand it well enough. Truthfully, most things can be simplified. Of course, nuclear physics and the way that a nuclear reactor works may be highly complex and may need various levels of training. But most things are not rocket science. For everyday concepts, you should be able to break things down to the point of simplicity where they will make sense.
What are your thoughts on your expert status? Are you able to explain things simply? What could you do better? Join us in the comments below to discuss.
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