THE BLOG
07/19/2010 01:40 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

You Are an Expert If I Say You Are

Let's answer the "Am I an expert?" question once and for all.

If I say you are an expert, you are. If this or that person groups you with other experts to answer a question, don't deny your inclusion. Don't make excuses. Smile widely and accept it.

I used to argue when people branded me with expertise. But you know what? They were right, for who am I to say they were wrong?

However...

... unlike the above video, I argue you shouldn't declare yourself an expert without someone else calling you such in a LinkedIn recommendation or an emailed testimonial or other declaration. If someone says you have expertise, flaunt it as Jessica says. But don't flaunt it because you think you have it.

Eh?