We’re awash in an ocean of experts. You can’t flick on a cable news or daytime-talk show without seeing some expert chatting about child psychology, reducing personal debt, losing weight, the political climate, global warming…etc.
|Whether It's Black Diamond Skiing|
or plumbing - sometimes you need an expert
If there was a huge intra-day drop in the stock market, it was essential to get perspective from a financial investment expert to discuss how that type of event would impact the 401(K)s of
America. Or if there was a
violent attack at a high school somewhere in the country, a bona fide news
angle was trying to line up an interview with a local child psychologist who
might offer tips to parents which might help the child work through the
Again, I love a good expert!
But when you’re seeking advice regarding a potentially life-impacting decision what KIND of expert would you prefer? While there’s a continuum of skill, ability and knowledge that an expert possesses, the vast majority of experts either tend to rely more on their personal “real-world” experience of having gone through the situation themselves versus experts who may lack first-hand experience but have learned from others through observation or through education.
Which type of expert are you more pre-disposed to seek or doesn’t it matter?
I’m well aware that the only answer to that broad a question is, “It depends on the situation as well as a variety of other factors,” – I get that. But generally speaking would you prefer an expert that has a lot of head knowledge or hands-on knowledge?
For example, would you prefer a marriage counselor who has a healthy marriage themselves or one who was divorced and knows that dimension as well? Would you want to learn weight loss tips from someone who’s lost a lot of pounds or from a perfectly fit trainer who’s never had a problem with weight? If you’re just starting a business would want advice from someone who may have run their own business and failed, or would you seek counsel from a start-up consultant who has helped dozens of businesses get off the ground yet lacks day-to-day operations experience?
I’m curious to hear what you think…..