4 Reasons Why You Should Share Your Knowledge

Posted by · December 27, 2016 8:26 am

We live in the information age, where 90% of the world’s data has been created in the past several years. Even with all this information being collected and stored, it’s difficult to extract meaning from it all. Someone looking to learn a new skill or polish an existing one is often forced to sift through an overwhelming amount of information.

That’s where you come in.

We often rely on subject-matter experts to provide meaning to the supply of endless information, whether for professional collaboration or individual learning. The benefits, however, aren’t simply limited to those in the learning role. Here’s our list of reasons why you should share your knowledge and expertise.

Improve Your Communication Skills

How often have you tried to explain an idea only to be met with a puzzled look? Conversations naturally have a tendency to jump around from one concept to the next, especially when you are trying to convey a complex idea to a novice. When you take a moment to organize your points beforehand, you present a more cohesive picture. Not everyone possesses the natural skill to lay out an explanation so that most can understand The only way to improve on delivery is to practice.

Answering questions in online forums can be a great way to practice this skill. Javascript guru Rob Jurd says, “I have had to learn how to talk to people in a non-technical way and be really creative in problem-solving while answering questions on Experts-Exchange. It’s been really helpful in my career.”

Planning a full lesson is even more beneficial than answering single questions–both for practicing your delivery and educating the audience. You start with an idea of what you want to convey, draft the main points, and deliver them in a cohesive order. Teaching trains you to be concise and efficient so that you can spend more time communicating instead of clarifying.

If preparing an entire online course seems a bit daunting for your first lesson, try creating a simple video tutorial and build from there. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll learn from creating a 60-second how-to video!

Build Your Professional Profile

Though unemployment rates are dropping, people are still competing for jobs with the highly qualified. That means job seekers now face the problem of finding unique ways to stand out among the competition. Building a varied portfolio that ranges from expert assistance to questions online to planning and executing a training course will make resumes more enticing.

Employers want to know you’re the right fit for the job. They look for positive signals, such as the ability to take abstract ideas and communicate them effectively, the motivation to help those around you, and a passion for your work. Publishing educational material demonstrates these qualities to prospective companies and consulting clients. You’re showing your own value by positioning yourself as an expert in the subject matter, not just as someone who is merely proficient.

A resume should be more than a list of jobs. You can catch an employer’s eye with a list of accomplishments and published resources.

Solidify Your Understanding

There’s a belief that a person doesn’t really understand something if they cannot explain it in simple terms. This is more difficult with subjects like topology, but some do it remarkably well. The process of researching and planning a course will highlight the blind spots in your understanding, anchoring it to the context of what you already know.

This is extremely valuable since the technology we use evolves at a breakneck pace. Keep abreast of topics by choosing one that you’d like to learn more about or deepen your understanding of and explain it to someone without any experience. You’ll discover that by the end, you’ll be much more confident in your own comprehension.

Give Back to the Community

Instead of just explaining things to the rubber duck on your desk, why not write it down so that another can benefit as well? Consider a time when you were struggling with a new concept, desperately wishing for more, easy-to-digest resources. Giving back ensures we all thrive together and benefit from everyone’s wealth of knowledge.

Helping people in your area of expertise allows others to build a better future. Those with easy access to information drive innovation because they can leverage the work of those who came before them. Your efforts toward sharing quality information make this process of growth possible and improves the lives of everyone. Plus, giving voluntarily makes you feel good!

Ready to dive in and reap the benefits of sharing your knowledge? Create a course today!