Becoming a Technology Knowledge Expert as a Non-Executive
Expert networks provide an excellent opportunity for experienced professionals to connect with investors and other influential members of their industry. While there are modest financial rewards for participating in consultations, surveys, etc., the most valuable part of joining a network comes from the opportunities arising from those consultations.
Do you want to add to C-level conversations and impact the future of technology in business? Expert networks provide an excellent platform to create opportunities for experienced technological experts with knowledge that can assist in making game-changing decisions in the industry.
- First and foremost, you should generally have a minimum of 10 years of experience in a specific industry or niche industry. For instance, an IT security professional with expertise in cybersecurity working at a single company for a decade is considered an expert. Many companies and knowledge networks would be interested in talking to you. Additionally, you have first-hand knowledge about a business segment. You need to make sure your company allows you to provide insights to the expert networks.
- Are you continuing to learn and grow with your industry? Constantly getting new certifications, publishing, or speaking? This will help you in your search to join an expert network. Still, it will also show that your knowledge isn’t just a snapshot in time and that the information in the tech industry you have is current. How do you prove this? Credentials. Make sure they are recent and always relevant.
- Social clout and industry knowledge go hand in hand to provide value for expert networks. One form of social influence is authorship. A published, peer-reviewed author will benefit expert networks to show their clients the social proof and value you bring to the table. Another way to become a technology expert as a non-executive is speaking at conferences on a given topic that you are a thought leader in.
- One of the most important things to keep on top of is what shows up when someone Googles your name. If an a client searching for research services Googled your name, would the social proof exist that you are an industry expert? This helps substantiate your presence.
- You need to be able to carry on a professional and technical conversation with clarity and authority. A technical expert will need to speak to the technical details of a project and have a level of business acumen within the industry.
Technology experts are high in demand for the consulting and investment industries. While many people think you need executive credentials to share your experience and knowledge, it isn’t always the case. There are many ways technology knowledge experts can play their cards to have a seat in an expert network. The pay-off in joining an expert network is gaining extra business and being a part of conversations that could lead to unexpected growth opportunities in your career.