How to become an industry expert?
21 Jul 2022

How to become an industry expert?

Do you want to become an industry expert? As industries continue to grow and develop, we not only see more niche markets emerging, we also see the demand for specialized industry experts to help businesses navigate into uncharted territory is seeing strong uplift.

Our clients are looking to get market insights to validate new product launches, strengthen arguments to make (or break) investment decisions, define go-to-market strategies, or other areas where they have questions on market trends & developments or competitive dynamics they cannot get answered through ordinary market research.

We connect our clients to industry experts for 1-hour paid video calls. Calls where clients have the ability to have their questions answered by someone deeply experienced and involved in the industry. We cater to clients such as PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and every day more are joining our network as they see the value of getting market insights directly from the source.

This is where you come in!

Becoming an industry expert does not happen overnight, but rather is an ongoing process of educating and establishing yourself within your industry and keeping up with the trends causing businesses to pivot and adapt to change.

A sought-after industry expert has multiple years of experience in an industry and has a current or recent professional position that reflects their experience and stature. Experts are not necessarily CEOs or CFOs but can very well be supply chain specialists, marketers, healthcare professionals, production-line operators, lab technicians, etc... In essence, any crucial part of business activities could be the focal point for our clients. In short: if you have more than 5 years' experience in an industry you are very likely to be an expert (even if you had not thought of yourself that way).

An industry expert has knowledge. And knowledge has value. We enable experts (you) to get paid for knowledge sharing, in a safe, compliant, and user-friendly manner.

To help you reach your potential, we've gathered the most important tips to help you become an industry expert.

Improve yourself

1. Become a specialist

To get started in the world of industry experts you want to find your niche and focus on that. Finding a specific niche is one of the best ways for you to establish yourself as an expert in your industry. Believe it or not, being specialized in just one particular area is far more valuable than having a broad understanding of a bunch of fields. Even if it's small, If you're good in your particular niche you are well on your way to becoming a trusted industry expert.

When choosing to hone in on your focus follow your passions. If you're passionate about what you do, your peers and clients will see that and want to work with and learn from you. Regardless of your particular area of expertise, if you're following your passion and immersing yourself in your specific field you will inevitably develop your expertise. Your passion will help motivate you in your journey and can lead you to a lifelong career in your niche. Many industry experts eventually turn their passions into a career in consulting.

Once you've found your focus and passion you can begin to further build your knowledge and presence in the industry, from diving deeper into your area of expertise to making connections with other experts in your field.

2. Never stop learning

No matter you are a starter or an expert in your niche, you must always keep diving deeper and learning. If you're still trying to break into your industry of expertise it is important to use any resources available to your advantage. This may include investing in relevant industry courses and seminars or participating in conferences to learn from and connect with other industry experts.

A big part of learning is staying up to date on industry news and trends. Industries are constantly changing and as an industry expert you need to not only know the fundamentals of the industry but keep up with it and its trends. Check news resources, read articles, listen to or participate in industry podcasts, subscribe to industry newsletters, and consult your industry connections. Knowing the trends and understanding your industry can help you stay ahead of the curve. The best information and insights are always up to date to be relevant. So ultimately, the point is to never stop learning and seeking knowledge.

3. Build a network of connections in your field

Networking is a great way to both build your connections in the field and learn things quickly and efficiently. The world of networking can be daunting at first but you'll find that your peers are in the same shoes as you. Connect with experts on LinkedIn, attend industry conferences, or join an industry networking association to learn from other experts and share your perspectives. Immerse yourself in your industry to find peers and mentors who can help you grow. By building a network of connections you open yourself up to new opportunities and start to make a name for yourself.

To go the extra mile, try to connect with those who are in related industries. Having a broadened understanding of your specific industry as well as understanding related industries relevant to yours will make you a more well-rounded yet specialized industry expert. The goal is to learn and to incorporate the lessons and experiences you've had along the way into what you do as an expert.

Influence others

1. Become a leader in your field

As you continue to build your network and develop yourself as an expert, you can start to take on new adventures to influence others. By taking the initiative and leading conversations among your fellow experts you will start to exert yourself as a leader. Start with taking more responsibilities in your organization as well as your industry communities and associations. The active leadership role you play will help establish yourself as a credible and trustworthy industry expert among your peers and future clients.

2. Share your expertise

To establish your leadership in your field, you need to express yourself and make people convinced. By publishing articles and industry-related content, you will make yourself more reputable. To continue to build your reputation as an industry expert, sharing your knowledge is crucial. You should be actively engaging with and creating useful content for your industry. Use your expertise and the help of your network to build a platform for yourself. Industry leaders often actively contribute content in a number of ways such as:

  • Blogs — a great way to express yourself a bit more freely on topics that interest you within your industry of expertise
  • Podcasts — discuss relevant industry topics with guests and provide a platform for dialogues with other industry experts
  • Industry publications — writing for an industry column or publishing articles will help boost your credibility enormously
  • Public speaking at conferences — deliver speeches at industry conferences and events to showcase your expertise
  • Teaching workshops — teaching is an authoritative leadership role and allows you to educate others on the ins and outs of the industry you know best as an expert

By building a repertoire of your work from ebooks, podcasts, workshops, and public speeches your visibility within the industry will grow.

3. Become an expert advisor

If you want to take your expertise to the next level, you can delve into the world of consulting. Consulting clients is where you can unleash your potential to impact real-world decisions. As a seasoned industry expert, you'll be able to offer your unique opinions and predictions to help your clients navigate the industry and make smart business decisions. Consulting clients is important for keeping yourself immersed in the industry and pushes you to stay up to date so you can provide clients with the best insights.

It might be difficult to find clients when you are first starting off. Expert networks are a great platform to get more opportunities to work with clients. Expert networks match industry experts with clients according to their requirements. Therefore, you don't need to look for clients for consulting opportunities but wait for expert networks to find them for you. Becoming an expert advisor at an expert network shows you are highly regarded in your specific industry and that your expertise is valuable.

As a fast-growing expert network, Expertwired aims to empower experts and advocate for transparency in the industry. With the extremely user-friendly registration procedure at Expertwired, all you need is a LinkedIn profile to get started.

Become an expert advisor

Expertwired empowers experts

4. Build your brand and online presence

Online and particularly social media presence is increasingly important nowadays. Although it may seem trivial, your online social media presence can make a big difference in how you are perceived. Use different social media to express yourself and share your successes by posting about your projects or industry-related events and conferences. Social media such as Twitter are less formal environments for you to make industry connections and allow for you to express your personality a bit more. LinkedIn is a great platform to connect with experts and clients in your industry, show your resume and accomplishments, as well as update your connections on what you're up to.

As you keep working and building your resume be sure to keep your social media profiles updated. Joining an expert network is also a good way to boost online presence because you can add your role as an expert advisor to your social media and LinkedIn profile.

Tip: Add your role as 'expert advisor' at Expertwired to your LinkedIn profile. The following template text is easy to add and you are free to use.

  • Title - Expert Advisor (in xxx industry)
  • Description - Expert Advisor for Expertwired, providing consultative services to clients. (Areas of expertise include xxx.)

We hope with the help of these tips and a lot of hard work you'll be able to begin your journey to becoming an industry expert!

Please note there are also reasons someone would not be allowed to share knowledge via an expert network. This could perhaps be the case if your current employment contract states you are not allowed to perform auxiliary activities. Be sure to verify if you are allowed to engage in expert consultations. Need help to understand if you may or may not? visit our site for more information about compliance.

About Expertwired

We are disrupting a global market of traditional operating expert networks with our AI-technology driven and transparent marketplace to make sure you get better matching experts for a much lower price.

Get started today

Find experts in our marketplace or get experts sourced on demand.