In the last few weeks I have attended conferences all over the USA……CA, PA, FL, MO……and also have wandered back into some PLN networks which I had left for a bit.
And one of my wonderments today is “Who do you listen to as an authority and why?”
There are certain people, which I respect, that when they say something in regards to Education, I listen and usually I will respond and then pass that information on to others as trusted information.
These people, to me, have earned the right to be heard for a few reasons:
a. They have had longevity. Meaning, they did not just appear 3 weeks ago and start sharing their insights. I have read these people, talked with these people, and watched these people to see that they have a consistent message; yes, at times it evolves as they evolve, but the foundation of their concepts and knowledge is strong.
b. These people would NEVER label themselves as experts but as learners. When they are sharing, I don’t believe that they have a true knowledge of just how impactful their message is. They would never ever say “THIS IS THE ONLY WAY….but often they say “This has worked for me, what has worked for you.”
So, as I am journeying back into the PLN fold, I am intrigued to see new faces and hear new voices that suddenly people are labeling as “authority” and being quick to @ or quote or just wish to rub shoulders with.
And I wonder, a few things.
a. Am I being too skeptical because I stay wary because I want to know more before I put my “stamp of acceptance” on someone.
b. What gives them the momentum? Is it self-driven or does their charisma invite others to forge their path for them?
As I look at my title, I must admit that EVERYONE has the right to be heard………but I don’t believe that EVERYONE has the right to be considered an expert or an authority.
SO…..my final main wonderment of today is — how do some people seem to hit the bulls eye of acceptance of knowledge and expertise so quickly?
It perplexes me.