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How To Be A Recognized Expert In Your Field

Updated on May 17, 2013

Are you a Novice or Recognized Expert?

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Why You Should Be A Recognized Expert

Unless you are a beginner working for someone else and plan to retire in the next few years you probably don’t want to read this but, if fame, fortune and a bright future are on your to-do list then grab a pen and notepad, you’ll need to see this.

So, you want to earn more money?

Maybe you want to get invited to select cocktail parties, exclusive celebrity events and even executive briefings and functions?

Or do you just need to share your knowledge and help more people?

Do any of those opportunities fascinate you? If so, then you are on the right track. Being an expert in your area can open a lot of doors for you, but when you are a recognized expert you get the keys to open almost any door you need, I know. When it comes to being an expert, I’m not only an expert, but I’m a recognized one – both nationally and internationally. If you want to get paid the hefty bucks and secure celebrity status, then you’ll need to be one too. Don’t worry, I’ll show you how to become a recognized expert in this hub.

After One National Network Named Me "National Family Finance Expert"Others Caught On. Here's a snippet from my appearance on CBS

What is a Recognized Expert?

Unlike their distant cousins, Novice and Specialist, recognized experts own a specific skill set or knowledge base. As a newbie to a business or profession the Novice usually has no fame to claim and is at the bottom of the employment food chain. Although, his work is deserving, the Specialist’s popularity is extremely limited to the discipline or specialty of his profession. A recognized expert’s experimental style, years of experience, advanced, and extensive knowledge in their area knows no bounds.


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What are the benefits of becoming a Recognized Expert?

There are many benefits including but not limited to the following list below;

Recognized experts;

• Are Influential

• Beat Their Competitions

• Earn More Revenue

• Do Less Cold Calling than Their Competitors

• Get Paid Speaking Engagements

• Are Considered Trusted Sources

• Appear on Television, Radio and In Print

• Get More Referrals

• Can Charge More for their Products and Services than Their Competitors

Recognition: Hub Author Receiving the Influential Women Business Award by the Chicago Daily Herald Business Ledger

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The Large Field of Experts

Because of all the benefits mentioned above there are a vast range of people that claim to be experts. Face it, anyone can call themselves whatever they want, and they often do. In the real world where cold hard cash and freedom live it’s not what one calls himself that matters, it’s all about what people with clout say about the expert. When Fox News called me “National Family Finance Expert,” I was blown away with the excitement. The media saw me in a way that I didn’t see myself yet. I had been doing a lot of talking about families and personal finance around the country, so naturally the name fitted me like a comfortably worn T.

Be a Stand Out

If you need to move out from the crowded field of experts, you have to be a stand out in your field. Although I had appeared on the leading Talk Talkers radio shows and stations across the country, other experts also appeared on those shows. If I wanted to stand out, I had to innovate and get creative so instead of talking about all the things they talked out I pushed my talking points beyond the possibility of theirs. While they were talking about saving money on groceries, I used my MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth business school and answered questions on the economy. When I appeared on an hour long segment of the popular and highly rated Jim Bohannon, appear alongside economist Dr. Peter Morici I knew I was on the right track. Learn more about being a stand out by reading, “Stand Out” by Marcus Buckingham as I did.


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A Few Other “Must Haves” to Become a Recognized Expert

Above only lists a few things that I did to become a recognized expert; there are more. The number one thing you must have is expert knowledge. You must know your stuff like the back of your hand. Another thing is to gain a few awards from organizations and outlets that matter. I’ve won quite a few over the years. The most recent one was being named one of the Most Influential Business Women in Chicago by the Daily Herald Business Ledger.

Come back and explore more of my hubs as I share my journey to help you benefit from your work as I have.

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      Princess Clark 3 years ago from The DMV

      Thank you!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A great hub with wise words to remember.

      Voting up.

      Eddy.

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      Anahi Pari-di-Monriva 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Voted up and useful and, of course, sent to the Tweetosphere! This is a very good Hub, Princess, and I thank you for bringing my focus back on to this important task. My problem, though, seems to be getting that "next level" of recognition (or figuring out how to shape things so clients will want to pay for my expertise, rather than expect it for free). Please, please, please write a follow up hub on the subtle steps leading from "specialist" to "recognized expert." :-) Looking forward, Anahi

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      Princess Clark 4 years ago from The DMV

      @Dashingscorpio Thank you so much for your share. There are so many additional ways to become expert. Time and space has its limitations.

      It has been said that there is more than one way to crack a nut however far too many don't.

      Steve Harvey already had celebrity but used that to diversity. Many other well known celebrities have taken similar paths. Suzanne Somers, the Fitness Guru quickly comes to mind.

      I am pleased that my status was built based upon my credentials, the work of our firm and my commitment to find real solutions that address the real kitchen table problems that my treasured clients face. In all these buyers should beware and check the background (education, experience, qualifications, etc) of anyone before hiring. Money used wisely, constructively and judiciously is the best buy anyone can make.

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      Princess Clark 4 years ago from The DMV

      Hi Randi! Thanks for the awesome kudos. Since '89 it has been all blood, sweat and tears however working in the "helping fields" has been all worth it.

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      dashingscorpio 4 years ago

      Oftentimes it's publicity that gives someone the "expert" title as well.

      For example person writes a relationship advice book. He or she hires a top book publicist who gets them booked on several radio and TV shows locally and then nationally. The book takes off and the next thing you know they are (known) as an "expert".

      In other instances one parlays their fame into another area. Steve Harvey for instance is reffered to as a "relationship expert" although his only credentials are he sold over 3 million copies of his book. He has no degree whatsoever, never took courses in relationship studies, never won awards in this area, and does not have a practice or relationship "coaching" business! The good news is there are mulitple ways to be known as an expert!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Congratulations on receiving those awards! What an honor! I agree, people should be experts in their field. Though my profession isn't independent where I need to procure business, my expertise (or lack of it) can either drive business up or down. This is good, sound advice and you are definitely leading by example! Thank you!