Well, I’m No Expert… {plus my 10 Tips for Teaching Others}

Wednesday’s Elf 4 Health challenge asks us to share our “expert knowledge” regarding anything. Anything at all! You’d think this might be easy, but when I sat down to brainstorm my areas of expertise, nothing clicked.

I mean, I have a few areas of interest and passion. I think I’m good at a number of things. Maybe even great at a some. But an expert?

I asked Adam what he thought I was an expert in. His response: “Well, that depends how you define expert.” Then he fell asleep on the couch and that was the end of that conversation. Men!

So, I don’t know. What have I spent relentless hours practicing? learning? became masterfully skilled at?

– Well, I could show you multiple ways to find equivalent fractions, how to organize your outline for a short story, or explain the basics principles of aerodynamics. However, I’m pretty sure most of you have passed the 6th grade. Next…

– How to change a diaper/make a salad/get myself ready to leave the house…all with only 1 hand. Because a one handed Mum is better than a screaming Bubs, sometimes.

– I could give you a tutorial of my #1 soccer skill: the corner kick. However, unless you are planning to join a league any time soon, then I’ll assume this one’s not going to win you over.

– How about my special quesadilla flipping technique? Zero cheese and veggie spillage, I swear! Although, I’m not overly keen on having ‘Mexican Food Prep’ as my claim to fame…moving along.

– Ohh, I can show you how to do a proper lunge! Expert lunger! I’ll show you how to define those hamstrings, people! Add it to the resumé.

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As a kid, I spent hours and hours (and hours) with my Dad at the field practicing corner and free kicks!

Okay. All jokes aside, I wish I had something a little more substantial to contribute to this whole expert sharing day. With all the blogs and social media influence out there, it’s possible for just about anyone to claim their expertise in an area. I really think that to be an expert, a person needs to have extensive knowledge, credentials, specific education, and/or tons of experience.

My background is in education, so I would fall into the “teaching” category for my area of expertise. The thing with this profession is that it’s constantly changing. Every year is different. New philosophies, new directions, new technology… and that’s one of the things I LOVE about being a teacher. I think that I could retire at 60 and still feel like I wasn’t quite an expert. It’s a job that keeps you on your toes, forces you to change, and encourages continuous thought and redirection.

So I guess if I was to name my number one expertise, it would be teaching, guiding, and helping others. It’s what I am passionate about and where I have seemingly had the most success in my life. Whether I’m in the classroom, on stage during a group fitness class, conjuring up a blog post, or sitting on the floor stacking blocks with Thomas, teaching is kind of my thing. I still don’t think I’m an expert, but I DO have legitimate credentials and experience, so I guess that must count for something. Right?

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One of my favourite things: coaching basketball.

With all that being said, I decided to compile 10 Tips for Teaching/Guiding/Mentoring others. I think this is intimidating for a lot of people, and we all end up in situations where we must transfer knowledge to others at one point or another. Here are some strategies that I have found to be beneficial in successfully doing so, in whatever mode of instruction you find yourself!

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Are you like me and a bit timid/struggle with pinpointing your areas of expertise? I think as adults, we can definitely identify our areas of strength, but to claim expertise adds a whole new dimension! But why is it intimidating? Maybe because it immediately raises the expectations of others? What do you think?

19 Thoughts on “Well, I’m No Expert… {plus my 10 Tips for Teaching Others}

  1. I love this post! Great tips on how to make a difference. :) Thank you for sharing!

  2. This is my first time visiting your blog!

    You are very beautiful and knowledgeable! Just from reading this I can guarantee you are one fantastic teacher!

    I think you were too hard on yourself, you should just claim to be an expert in whatever you want, it is your life!

    I love how you came up with “10 tips!” It was a creative idea and I am sure all the elves who read it will really appreciate it!

    I hope you have a fantastic holiday!

    Fellow Elf Lauren <3

  3. Great tips! As a future teacher, I will for sure use these tips!

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on December 19, 2013 at 11:48 am said:

      There is so much more to teaching than the content itself! It’s definitely a challenging career, but one of the most rewarding :)

  4. Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love your tips! And your conversation with Adam made me laugh out loud :)

  6. I had pretty much the same thought when I sat down to write this post last night!! I really like what you ended up doing with yours! :-)

  7. Definitely teaching counts as your area of expertise! I loved this post and I especially love your 10 tips. The one I already try to use is to listen completely before responding. It’s amazing what you’d miss if you had interrupted before the person finished their sentence. One tip that’s definitely new to me that I’m going to use is to sandwich constructive criticism with two compliments. Genius!

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on December 19, 2013 at 11:53 am said:

      I’m glad you agree with it! The whole process of listening to someone BEFORE you start formulating a response is something I still am working on. It’s a lot harder than it seems!
      Yep, I always find people respond and bounce back so much better when criticism is balanced with a focus on the positives. Kids AND adults!! :)

  8. Hi! New visitor from the Elf for Health link up. I love your take on this question and I relate to your reluctance to call yourself an expert. I am by no means a weight loss expert, but I have lost weight and I am an expert in my story, so that’s what I shared. New follower!

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on December 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm said:

      Thanks so much, Kristin! I’ll have to check out your story. I suppose the term can be used a little more loosely for people who have lots of experience in one specific area, too. Or in your case, lots of success!

  9. I think this blog post is like Adam’s response to your question.

    Just kidding 😉 You need to tell me your quesedilla skills.. that is the reason I stopped making them! I can see how being a teacher, with change to constant, it would be difficult to brand yourself in expert- but with all your accumulated knowledge and adapting to new situations- I think the title is validated.

  10. I would have to really think about what I’m an “expert” in….although my hubby would probably say that I think I’m an expert in almost everything 😉 lol
    Great post with great tips!!

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