A few days ago, listening to a Clubhouse meeting about becoming a professional speaker isolated an aspect worthy of consideration. It is ‘what makes an ‘expert’? You may wonder how being an expert can help your life. Well, the answer is found in world influence. How you influence people affects every aspect of your life. Wisdom and knowledge are used to help people make up their minds every day. However, an understanding of a subject needs only be superficially explained in a straightforward way to have an impact.

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I contributed the talk:

‘The difference between a good or bad expert is the ability to present their known information in the clearest and most impactful way. A genius with years of knowledge could be a poor speaker or present information badly. Someone who had researched the same subject for a month, and is a brilliant presenter could easily be seen as the superior expert’.

Let’s be clear. We all have access to the ultimate encyclopaedia ‘The Internet’. You have more accessible volumes of knowledge connected via your phone than the Vatican library. You can learn to arrange a bunch of flowers or cook an unusual brunch after tapping the screen. Hang in, let me try it: ‘Learn Flower Arranging’ within ten seconds. I had courses and ‘how to’s’ available. Search ‘Brunch Recipes’ ah! Good Housekeeping online gives me 60 brunch recipe ideas in less than ten seconds. A good speaker could cherry-pick the best of either subject, and with a few hours, practice easily becomes an ‘expert’. 

All fine and dandy. But you’ll need to be going to a real expert at some stage in life. Doctor, dentist, optician. You wouldn’t want to trust the internet when it comes to your health, would you? And yet: many people do trust to the internet and ‘experts’ without a second thought. Indeed, we have politicians and world leaders talking about subjects’ expertise well beyond their knowledge every day. (I and not writing about any specific topic) we know the accuracy of the statement.

I’m hoping you are questioning where this article is going. So, here is the consideration:

How much does the expertise of any subject affect your life? You visit the doctor, and he makes a diagnosis: you have a prescription or a referral: the process of medical treatment is beyond your control. You either trust or not. Accept the treatment and advice or trust health will return.

A similar situation concerns money. You have an expendable income. How it is spent is your choice: some are good at controlling finances others are a failure. All the expertise in the world is available, and the option is to follow or ignore.

Forget, the experts and their subjects. The moon is not made of cheese, man did go to the moon. If vapour trails are chemical poison, pilots are murdering their children. Taxes are converted into bombs and bullets which murder the innocent. And there will be experts arguing the relevant truths of the ideas forever.

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Trust Expert Diagnosis


A doctor tells you ‘this drug will make you feel great: although the following symptoms are certain. In the morning you’ll have a killer headache, be sick and depressed, with regular consumption you’ll be an addict, and it will kill you’ You would say ‘keep your drug’. However, millions of people swallow gallons of alcohol each night and expect the hangover. Why do you not listen to the expert?

Many neglect a most critical project, the one area we should work hard to be expert. An area of study that should be lifelong. It is one’s health, life and existence. People waste years becoming a shallow expert of a subject, virus, pollution, bombs, bullets and poverty. And they inevitably wake up one morning and think ‘Where has my life gone? What have I done with the life-hours?’ Years wasted becoming expert in subjects of no real use or importance. Knowing all about nothing of personal use.

This is NOT to write we should not have a deep and caring attitude to the horrors of war, climate change, poverty and the rest of civilisation’s plights. To know and to see and to accept the horrors as truth is the way of responsible people. To hide away from reality is a poor way of building inner-strength. I knew someone who became so entrenched in the starvation of African children, she became ill, and to my mind, she was a helpless reflection of the children who infiltrated her existence. Another became a doctor to work in Africa, helping the children. Consider the two women with care, because one chooses to become a reflection of the tragedy: the other work to help those within the nightmare.

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Allowing Impossible Situations To Overwhelm Life

When listening to an expert, why not ask ‘How does this affect my life?’ ‘How will my life change if I choose to allow this expert’s wisdom to become part of my life?’ ‘Do I need one more expert solution?’ The answers free one from intellectual bores and their control over your life. And this is their game superiority gained by instilled fear. And once hooked you’ll crave for more of their expertise. Hoping one day the news will be good.

Everyone is troubled and affected by the present crisis (Covid 2020-21). People wake up every day with the first thought ‘God when will this end’ and then the experts recycle and adapt the news to spin another web of fear. It is a cycle which is breaking millions of people. Indeed you may be at your wit’s end as you read this article. So, why don’t you consider these last paragraphs?

Any situation which is difficult or tragic comes to a saturation point. It is likened to a sponge. No matter how many times you put the sponge in the bowl, it cannot hold any more water. If one considers the present situation as saturated, and no matter what the expertise, we continue to be at a social standstill. There are experts affecting everyone’s life: however, they have saturated the sponge, no matter how much information is poured in the vessel of fear it is full. So why allow it to destroy your life further?

Refocus attention away from the saturated sponge, leaving it in the bowl of expertise: is a potent consideration. As you read these words, stop for a minute and think of a time when an expert’s vision or ideas controlled your life: How did following the suggestion affect your future ? And what made you choose to accept or not the information?

We do not have to be influenced by ‘experts’ concepts. The information, accurate or no, is bombarded onto every social media stream. Whether one chooses to become influenced or not remember the sponge is indeed soaked with mind drowning facts, figures and expertise. Can you allow the information to affect your life to an even greater degree? Consider the sponge with care.

Some people realise the crisis will end. And the thought of freedom is one of great hope and inspiration. Those who are progressive and future thinking are focused on their immediate environment. Knowing full well, the only way to be secure is to stay within the guidelines and wait (the sponge is saturated) nothing more is to be done. In the meantime, they are preparing their lives for the future, looking after their physical and mental wellbeing. They have the lens of their home, family and jobs in clear sight. They are choosing to become expert in what matters. Not in areas they no longer have control.

Ian Timothy

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