Irony: seems like people who call themselves experts, gurus, mavens, and inspirational speakers usually aren’t.
Have you ever been inspired by a self-proclaimed inspirational speaker? I haven’t. I’ve been inspired by authors, writers, researchers, teachers, founders, entrepreneurs, poets, even, lately, by Presidents. But they don’t call themselves inspirational speakers.
The greatest collection of inspirational speakers I know of is at www.ted.com. Hundreds of people, many of them, maybe even most of them, inspirational, but not one carries that particular label around. That’s not what their name tags ever say.
Yesterday I read this on PR Workbench by Jack Monson:
Self-described Social Media Experts beware!
If you call yourself a social media expert, the rest of us will soon see that you’re saying nothing.
And then, in this second post following up, this:
Don’t misunderstand – there are many true social media experts out there. The best of them do not need to call themselves experts; their clients and peers are doing that for them.
That seems clear to me. Do you agree?
(Photo credit: Original cc by Memekiller on Flickr, modified)