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Wednesday Wisdom: Sharing Your Expertise

March 30, 2022

Wednesday Wisdom for Women Entrepreneurs, Female Business Owners, Small Businesses

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As evident by the people around us, some are quiet keeping their thoughts to themselves, while others share every detail of their lives and day. You might notice these differing personality traits between siblings, partners, or employees in your personal and business life.

So what makes someone keep their thoughts to themselves versus sharing them? An online article said, there are two reasons for people to remain quiet. The first is they lack knowledge on the discussion topic so they focus on listening and learning something new. Secondly, they might not want to share their feelings and views with others.

On the other hand, people who share all the time might be looking to create false intimacy with others or realize strangers typically don’t judge and if they did, it wouldn’t matter. Sometimes people also share too much because they have poor boundaries or they are looking for sympathy.

Jada Pinkett Smith

Monday when I decided to write a blog post on my personal perspective on the Will Smith and Chris Rock Oscar slap regarding Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia look, I felt I could and should because I had been forthcoming with my condition, understood the disease well, and had an opinion that might help others learn more about the feelings surrounding alopecia. I didn’t do it to garner more attention for myself and yet I felt slightly uneasy with how much I was talking about myself.

But what I drew from the experience of sharing the topic extensively over 48 hours was the lesson that each woman has unique and specific areas of knowledge in their personal and business lives and that knowledge shared via blogs, social media, or media press releases helps inform others. Shocked to see my blog post receive over 600 views in 24 hours, when it typically gets 50 on a good day, said that sharing the information was the right thing to do, and not narcissistic, since it sparked so much interest, conversation, and education on the topic of a disease that effects 6.8 million people.

Today’s Wednesday Wisdom is meant to encourage you to push yourself to reach out and communicate more on subjects in your entrepreneurial expertise or personal life when you see headlines where you could contribute to the conversation. If you are one of those quiet people, move that boundary a bit and share more. If you have a knack of comfortably speaking up all the time, use your voice wisely and help make a difference.

There is no right or wrong to sharing vs. being quiet on any subject, but keep in mind your voice might make a big difference in vital conversations. 

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