You’re Not an expert, But Thats Ok9 months ago
I often suggest that designers and developer run a workshop to share their knowledge only to hear: “I couldn’t give a workshop, I’m not an expert”. Its a fair retort, but lets consider the four stages of competence which breaks the path towards competence (or expertise) into four stages:
- Unconscious incompetence
- Conscious incompetence
- Conscious competence
- Unconscious competence
Its true, you and I probably aren’t experts at stage four, unconscious of the vast amounts we know. We are probably enthusiastic people with enough experience to be at stage two and three: Conscious of our knowledge and conscious of what we have still to learn. Put another way we have the expertise to decide what a workshop will cover and what it won’t. So don’t let the concept of being an expert prevent you from running a workshop. You aren’t an expert and thats ok.