More and more people today have easy and instant access to data and information through the internet. This has led to many people and businesses simply viewing these things as another commodity. Therefore making the most of your knowledge has become more important in order to stand out. Knowledge comes from first-hand experience and provides a real understanding of a subject, something that you can’t gain from reading, but you also need to use your knowledge in the right way.
It can be tempting in situations, such as a consultation, to answer questions with short direct answers. The issue with this is that it limits the way you are using your knowledge. It can often be much more effective to ask questions to find out the details of what a client is trying to achieve or overcome. This can allow you to use your knowledge to give a more constructive and well-rounded answer.
Be direct with your point
It is important to convey a clear and strong message when sharing your knowledge. Whilst it is important to provide all of the details and be thorough, it is also vital that the core message is not lost in the conversation. By clearly emphasizing and repeating your point, then you know the client will understand your takeaway message.
Maximize what you do know
Whilst being a jack of all trades has its uses, it is often more desirable to be a master in one area. Find your niche and specialize in it. Reading, listening to podcasts and online courses can all boost your knowledge, adding to your own experiences and mastering what you know. Researchers also emphasize practice, by practicing sharing knowledge it builds confidence in what you know. As you build knowledge in one specific area, you can become an invaluable source of information and experience.
You don’t know everything
Socrates said, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”. It is important to remember that no matter how experienced and well versed you are in your field, it is impossible to know everything. Once an individual becomes self-aware of the knowledge they don’t have, they open themselves up to new perspectives. Always be open to new ideas, information and outlooks on life. This way you will never stop expanding your knowledge.
Knowledge is becoming an increasingly valued resource. This puts those with knowledge in a strong position, but without being able to effectively utilize your knowledge, it can be reduced to little more than basic information. By finding out what parts of your knowledge are most valuable to a situation and expanding upon your core knowledge, an individual can become an invaluable and highly desired resource. When you are also self-aware of your limitations, there are no bounds to how much your expertise can continue to grow, and people will wanting your advice.
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