Thursday, April 28, 2011

What is your eXpertise?

Yep, totally cheating and using a word that doesn't start with the letter X.  

I thought about doing X marks the spot or show you how sometimes I offer eXclusives to my facebook fans.  But I've decided to share something about me with you, and hopefully you'll share your eXpertise with me. 

I am an Elearning Specialist.

I am an eXpert Elearning Specialist.

What does that mean?  
It means that for the last almost 5 years, I have been doing anywhere from 4 to 8 online training classes a week. I once read an article about an "online meeting expert" that got that title from hosting 1 meeting a week for a year.  I guess that should jump me from eXpert to Guru. LOL

And I love doing it.  First of all I will talk to anyone.  When I first started dating my husband, we were in some store when I started talking to the clerk.  He asked me "Do you talk to anyone?" 

Yes, yes I do.  You never know what information you will get from that person, or what you can give them.  Perfect example. I just came back from the store getting milk.  The guy behind me in line was being chatty so I chatted back.  Turns out he is a hardwood floor specialist and I really really need my hardwood floors refinished.  So I got his business card.  It may be a while before I call him, but I have his card and I will call him first. 

This helps a LOT when I'm doing my online training class because I can not see my students.   So I need to have the ability to pull information from them.  And we don't just talk about what they do or the class material.  Sometimes we go off in totally different directions.
And I've also learned how to corral the students back to the topic. That can be really hard, but it can be done. 

But what makes me an Elearning eXpert is I make the learning eXperience fun and interesting.  I've never had negative feedback (other then 1 who said I talk to fast, sorry it's a Jersey thing) and usually my comments are about how I made online learning fun and interesting. 

And I'm not teaching something that is eXciting...  I'm teaching corporate users how to use the software to host online meetings.

I love my job and the company I work for.  But I'm starting to wonder if maybe my eXpertise can be utilized better.  Maybe I could consult with other companies on how to make their training programs better.  How to save money by hosting live training classes online vs. traveling all over the country to host classes. 

I believe the first step would be to start networking...  again not a problem because I am an eXpert at talking to anyone. 

I won't stop doing my beach writing.  I love it too much to give it up.  But maybe I should share my status of Elearning Guru with others..  It's something to think about. 

What are you an eXpert at?

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