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.
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?
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!
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?