The pandemic has to be recorded in history as two momentous years for intense introspection. I know I have expanded my thought processing and I hope you have taken it as a growth opportunity for increasing your inward improvement.

Understood, a nonprofit “dedicated to helping those who learn and think differently thrive at home, in school and in life” published a single page that hangs on my wall “15 growth mindset questions” that I will spin into ways to rethink your LinkedIn presence.

5. Have you reviewed your work or logic for errors and flaws?

Last week I listened to a Clubhouse session on being an expert vs. demonstrating expertise and I think today’s serial blog post wraps around that well.

Experts profess hierarchical possession of all aspects of a topic. Top of the heap, sought for their unique perspective, serve as expert witnesses, write scholarly articles, and opine as TV color commentators. How did they get to this lofty position?

They chipped away at gaining expertise in their field and need to tell about their “why” on Linkedin as a career narrative.

And yes, it’s only human to make mistakes along the way, because where else do we learn best, to move forward?

The logic of your comments will be borne out if you listen to it yourself (use the Read Aloud function on Word or Outlook e.g.) before sending it out, so just let it “cool” for a day and come back to it for further amendment.

Or ask an objectively honest colleague for a 30,000 foot logic review. So long as they will be critically direct with something you could have said better or differently to make your point. You know who that person(s) is/are. They want to help you so ask for it.

And we all learned along the way. It’s a journey; in telling or demonstrating your expertise, take time to catch the typos, syntax errors, verb tenses, and other speed bumps that will make your otherwise well-thought-out material droop and fade. (Just last week a great colleague thanked me for introducing him to the tool in the link just above, as he tweaked a very hard email he was writing.)

Review, retweak, renovate, and you will earn r-e-s-p-e-c-t. (Thanks Aretha!)