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Who decides who is an expert?

I have always been a little addicted to learning.

I love to continually hone skills, extend my knowledge base and attend professional development events so I can be of better service to my clients. Even after 30 years in my area of expertise I still look for opportunities to grow my knowledge and skill base. This year I decided to finally finish my master’s research degree. A big decision for a busy professional. It almost felt a little self-indulgent to spend days hidden away reading, researching and writing about all the things I love.

I am now at the final stages of my thesis and although I have immersed myself in powerful presenting for over 30 years, my master’s research has been digging a little deeper into leadership communication and story. I look forward to sharing my research through my work in the coming months and years. So, why did I want to extend my knowledge and expertise? well I like to think I am an expert in my industry and an expert is always trying to stay current and relevant.  I also work with experts and I coach experts.  During my master’s studies though, there was much discussion and debate about what defines an expert and who I could reference during my research. It really got me thinking about the term expert and who decides who is an expert?

According to the Cambridge Dictionary and expert is ‘a person with a high level of knowledge or skill relating to a particular subject or activity’

And Wikipedia says ‘An expert is someone who has a prolonged or intense experience through practice and education in a particular field’  I do like this one

Many professionals, like speakers and educators, learn deep, very deep; they become recognised industry experts. You may have noticed the word ‘expert’ being loosely thrown about these days. Some argue that expertise come from lived experience and not by getting a ‘piece of paper’, others argue that years of study or a qualification proves you’re an expert. I am a solid believer it’s lots of both. Lived experience is essential but also studying the insights from others in your field opens your mind to different perspectives and views. It gives you the opportunity to critically analyse past and current theories and practices and to conduct your own research in your area of expertise.

There is also the concept of the 10,000-hour rule.  This is derived from the work of psychologist K. Anders Ericsson, who studied the way people become experts in their fields. Author Malcolm Gladwell popularised the concept in his book “Outliers. Many have criticised or debunked this theory like the co-author of the book Peak Performance Brad Stulberg. He stated psychological research indicates expertise is really developed based on the way you practice, rather than the time you devote. This makes much more sense to me.  Even so, the 10,000-hour rule is a great ‘check in’ on how much time you have devoted to honing your skills.

I have found my clients don’t like paying for speakers or trainers who only share what anyone can quickly find on google; clients pay for the extra insights or gold nuggets experts share. They also pay for the way this gold is communicated and contexualised saving individuals and organisations time and money. Experts spend their life (or a large proportion of it) researching and exploring their area of expertise so you don’t have to, and they love nothing more than to share their findings with others.

Are you an expert? 

What have you been studying or exploring lately
to better serve your clients?

Next time you hear the word ‘expert’ what will you think? Are they really an expert? Are they a fake expert? Or are they an expert on a lifelong journey mastering their expertise along the way.

Paula Smith
Your expert in Presentation Intelligence ®
Keynote speaker CSP, master trainer, author and business leadership coach.

Paula is also the CEO of The Global Institute of Training and Presenting. GITP contracts many experts across a diverse range of industries and topics.

Feel free to reach out if you are looking for an expert to help you to achieve your personal, professional or organisational goals. Or reach out if you are an expert needing help to communicate/present your expertise.

What is Neuropresenting and why is it a ‘must do’ professional development experience?

What is Neuropresenting you ask?

It’s presenting with the brain in mind.

Neuropresenting®  is a world-first programme blending  Neuroscience principles, adult learninNeuropresenting March 2017 (2)g and professional presenting all in one innovative and highly interactive programme.

It is the first programme and qualification of its kind in the world and we are pretty excited about that.

Paula Smith (GITP Director) developed the first qualification in Presenting in Australia several years ago and although  a robust qualification in its own right was missing a magic ingredient ‘Neuroscience’. It just happened to be what Karen Livey’s  (A friend and colleague of Paula’s) expertise were in. So when Paula and Karen  put their heads and expertise together the Neuropresenting programme and qualification was developed with the input of an International advisory board.

After a hugely successful pilot programme overseas, Paula and Karen thought it would be a great idea to set some new standards for training and presenting here in Australia and had the programme written to align with our Australian competency based training system without losing the integrity of the powerful programme.

These gorgeous Ladies were the first Perth Neuropresenters ®.

The Neuropresenting ® programme includes a broad range of topics and units.

14 ‘Neuropresenting Principle’s for powerful presenters
Exploring the learning brain
Brain-friendly learning environments
Presentation design using ‘Neuropresenting Principles’
Advanced presentation delivery
Platform skills and public speaking
Presenting art and science
Adult learning theories and practice
Story-based presentations
Innovative presenting practices and thought leadership
NLP and the world we live and learn in
Workshop and Keynote craft
Methodology magic
Presenting to media
Your speaking brand
The future of learning in a digital age

 

We are looking forward to personally presenting the programme around Australia and overseas later this year. It is delivered in a 3 or 5  day face to face block (depending if it’s the certification or qualification) with some on-line reading prior to the face to face block.

For enquires for our public programmes or to host a Neuropresenting programme anywhere across the globe  email paulasmith@gitp.com.au

Next enrolling for Perth May 3rd – May 5th 2019

Together we can raise the standards for trainers, presenters and workshop leaders.

Register your interest now as a participant or a partner of the programme if you would like to help us get this innovative programme and qualification out to the wordl.

Email CEO paulasmith@gitp.com.au for more information, the full training plan and to register for August. 

Accredited programmes are in parternship with RTO provider 2431 Australian Training Management

IMPACT Workforce Development Magazine launches

Welcome to IMPACT

Your Workforce Development Magazine

The future workplace is already here – Are you ready?

The Global Institute of Training and Presenting is proud to launch IMPACT, a quarterly workforce development magazine filled with articles, tips, stories, research and information about working in, or leading, tomorrow’s workforce today. We are really proud of our first ‘Bumper Issue’.  IMPACT has something for everyone.

Click in the middle for the full screen experience.

 

A message from GITP CEO and Editor of IMPACT

I’m a little bit obsessed with quality training and presenting. In fact, I’ve immersed myself in the training and speaking industry for the past 30 years. I have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing organisations over the years helping to develop their key people and even luckier to meet many amazing experts and specialists who are always keen to share their expertise.

Welcome to IMPACT. It is my pleasure to bring you a workforce development magazine that everyone in your organisation will enjoy. There is a lot of talk about planning for the future workplace, but if you haven’t noticed, the future workplace is already here. Are you ready to embrace it?
From leadership strategies to work-life balance tips, from workplace wellness stories to why play is critical in the workplace and everything in between, there is a lot to enjoy in IMPACT.

All business is about relationships, I am confident you will find an article in IMPACT that can help you to build better relationships and communicate more effectively. so you can get on with doing business.

We will endeavour to bring you relevant articles, global best practices, tips, stories and research on how we can all thrive at work and in life.

IMPACT is brought to you by the Global Institute of Training and Presenting. We thank you in advance for sharing our magazine with those you think will enjoy the read.
If you have something of value that can help others make an impact, get in touch. We are always looking for IMPACT contributors for future editions.

Welcome to the GITP and the IMPACT community.  Let’s make an impact together.

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PAULA SMITH 
CEO of the Global Institute of Training and Presenting
Professional Speaker CSP, Author and your expert in Presentation Intelligence
®

 

If you are not on our data base to receive IMPACT, you can get your complimentary subscription here

SUBSCRIBE TO IMPACT HERE SO YOU DON’T MISS FUTURE ISSUES

 

 

 

The Speaking Practice – Where you get to shine

We had our very first Speaking Practice for the year last week at the Crown Hotel and everyone who participated said they would be bacMarchk.

The Speaking Practice is for our GITP community and graduates of our speaking/presenting prorgammes and provides a safe place for professionals to practice their speaking, training, stories and pitching.

The Speaking Practice was started a few years ago for Paula’s (GITP Director)  speaking and presenting clients to be able to practice in a safe environment and receive solid peer feedback.

Paula said that speaking professionals struggle with a place to go to hone their craft and get honest feedback from other professionals in the same or similar industries.

Each month we focus on a theme/methodology as well as what our attendees  are working on. This is not just another Public Speaking group, all of our members are developing and practicing  their commercial messages. Paula’s facilitates the practice and her expertise in Presentation Intelligence ™ (art, science and practice of commercial speaking) is what makes the speaking practice stand out from other public speaking groups.

If you would like to attend the Speaking Practice – Join our community and come on down

Next Speaking Practice in on the 2nd May at the Western Australian Club just prior to our event.