Prophets, Experts & Braggarts

rpynn by Roger Pynn

While reading an item on a message board for public relations and communications professionals today, I was reminded of an old saying with biblical roots:  “you can’t be a prophet in your own back yard.”

In a thread of interesting comments about the art of blogging, one contributor stood out … a self-proclaimed “publicity expert.”

Canadian writer Laurence J. Peter, author of the best-selling book The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong, once said that an expert is a person “who makes three correct guesses consecutively.”

And Shakespeare said “it will come to pass that every braggart shall be found an ass.”

Declaring yourself an expert is truly unbecoming.  If you are an expert, others will say so.

One Response to Prophets, Experts & Braggarts

  1. Susan Ennis says:

    ‘Expert’ is an overused term except in Florida’s legal circles. Attorneys must have passed rigorous testing on top of hours of work to be able to refer to he selves as experts. Professional PR folks continually have to educate employers and even family about the bastardization of our profession. As PR becomes more and more important to businesses, we really need to revisit licensing.

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