Personal Branding Tip: Forget What YOU Know

We're fresh off of the launch of our newest best-selling book, Power Principles for Success, written along with 30 of America's PremierExperts® and the legendary, Brian Tracy. When we were up in New York City for the book launch party, I filmed this quick tip for you, and I've also expounded on it below.

In my last blog post here at Fast Company, I explained to you that you have to display your expertise and all the ways you could do that.

But I've had a bunch of emails and posts that have asked me, "But, Nick, where do I begin?" And here's where you've got to begin. You have to forget what you know. Now before you go off saying I'm crazy because I told you before to "get out of the business you're in" and now I'm telling you to "forget what you know", here's what's important--you devalue the things that you know, because you know them so well. That's important, let me say that again:

You devalue the things that you know, because you know them so well.

What I want to encourage you to do is forget what you know and start thinking about what your audience knows--their knowledge set is very different from yours. You don't know where to begin because you think everyone knows what you know, it feels like common sense you know it so well, but it's not! When you're want to display your expertise, you've got to start from the beginning. The most profound information is the stuff that's simple, basic and easy to comprehend and most likely, you've forgotten about it because you know the basics so well! But think about it, if you want to learn about a new subject, you've ALWAYS got to start at the beginning, we all just forget there is a beginning when it's somewhere in our distant past or our subconscious mind.

Forget about the complex stuff, you're trying too hard! And start valuing the stuff that you know. I'm going to ask you to focus on starting from the beginning, of course progressively take your audience on the journey to where they need to be, but start from the beginning. Nothing is too basic. Start from the beginning so they can understand it too and that's what is going to make the biggest impact in their business.

So, forget how much you know, teach people the basics and you'll have great success displaying your expertise.

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JW Dicks (@jwdicks) & Nick Nanton (@nicknanton) are best-selling authors that consult for small- and medium-sized businesses on how to build their business through Personality Driven Marketing, Personal Brand Positioning, Guaranteed Media, and Mining Hidden Business Assets. They offer free articles, white papers, and case studies at their Web site. Jack and Nick have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek, FastCompany.com, and many more media outlets.

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  • Krystyna Mazue

    Forget what you know...very good message especially when we are feed with too much info and cannot understand others.

  • Frank Motola

    Nick,
    This advice is so simple, but so true!!!
    We give away tons of core advice and then get stuck trying to
    get paid for the details.