an internationally renowned E X P E R T?
a nationally-recognized expert?
a world-leading expert?
a world-famous expert?
a world-class expert?
the world’s most influential expert?
a thought-leadership expert?
a self-styled expert?
a leading-edge expert?
a subject-matter expert?
a global expert?
In the olden days (a year or so ago), perhaps there were not as many experts as there are today?
What do you think?
If you write some blog posts and proclaim expert status, does that make you one?
If you create a website, voilà, are you an expert?
If you make some tweets and hashtag yourself #expert, are you an expert?
If you post articles on LinkedIn, are you an expert?
If you gain a particular professional certification or qualification, are you an expert?
If you write a book on this or that topic, does that make you an expert?
If you are a guest speaker / lecturer, are you an expert?
I looked up the word “expert” and found this definition:
…a person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area…
My client asked me a thought-provoking question last week which I haven’t stopped thinking about:
What is a higher classification than expert?
I offered her my very best “expert” answer:
”I don’t know – I’ll see what I can find out.”
The reason she asked, she reported, is that “everyone claims to be an expert today” and it is really confusing to a job seeker to know who is and who is not an “expert.”
When I googled “job search experts” I found 265,000,000 results in .48 seconds.
While I am not an expert on knowing which one single word represents a higher rank than expert, I appreciated my client’s question. Here are some words I plan to share with her with this week. Which one strikes your fancy to represent a category greater than “expert?”