4 Ways To Become An Authority In Your Field
If you’ve ever thought about trying to become an authority in your field, you’ve probably wondered what the best steps to take would be.
After all, most niches are quite competitive and getting to the top of the food chain is rarely easy. Truth is you’ll have to work not only harder, but also smarter, than everyone else if you want a good chance of seeing success. Here are some of the best things you could do to reach that sought-after authority position:
Write a book
Nothing says “expert” like having written and published a real hardcopy book that’s available to buy in bookstores around the nation (bonus points if it gets translated to other languages). It’s an instant credibility booster, and definitely something every aspiring authority figure should consider working on. Remember that you can always hire a ghostwriter if you’re too busy or otherwise
unable to write it yourself!
Host seminars/webinars and teach others what you know
Teaching is a surefire way to become recognized as an authority in your niche. There are many ways to help people learn, but hosting live seminars (or online “webinars”) has to be one of the most effective for authority status building. The larger you can make the events, the better. If you reach a point where you can easily get hundreds of attendees at your seminars, you’ll know for sure that you’ve made it.
It’s not a given that starting a blog means you’ll be recognized as an authority, but if you play your cards right you’ll have a good chance. The trick is working harder than your competitors, and not giving up during that initial period when success seems so far away. Take the time to craft long, in-depth posts that are actually helpful and you’ll be much better off than those cranking out generic 400-word posts that are mostly filled with fluff.
Build your network
Whether it’s offline or online on social networks, building up a big network of contacts is key to becoming a true authority figure. Don’t pass up any opportunity you get to make new friends in your industry as you never know how much they can help you in the future. A good way to make networking easier is making a commitment to try to help people. Sharing your knowledge freely and generously ensures that you’ll make tons of new connections, and most of them will be happy to return the favor down the road.