Jumping on the band-wagon and being ‘another one who’ tends to make you invisible as an expert. Can you see something original that can be done in the opposite direction?

Your workload has been astounding. It's felt like you're catapulting through your calendar, just trying to breathe. But suddenly, the momentum dies down, the clouds part, and you find yourself with an open week. Given that block of time, what could you do that might significantly propel your career goals? Professional Speaker and business author Douglas Kruger explores a simple way to maximise your time and effectiveness. Book Douglas as the keynote speaker for your next leadership retreat: www.douglaskruger.com.

High-performing experts make the extraordinary seem routine. What's difficult and taxing for others has really become easy to them. But therein lies a danger and an opportunity.

‘How did you do that? And how do you even know how to do that?’ If you’ve heard this phrase in response to performance of your craft, you are meeting one of the best recognised criteria for an expert. By this definition, you are an individual who can ‘recognise novel patterns from noise.’

Many qualities define experts. One is their ability to out-produce amateurs. But what if terminal hesitation sets in?

Experts generally believe very deeply in what they do. Their ‘why’ tends to be unusually strong. Yet ultimately, being an industry expert is a money-generating career, and it should ideally be treated as a fully-fledged business. That said, do you get involved in the revenue-generating aspect of what you do?

Experts increasingly express their ideas through video content on YouTube. It's not uncommon to hear monikers like 'author, speaker and host of a globally successful YouTube channel.' If you’re getting started, what’s your best bet in terms of a setting for your channel?

I was coaching a group of executives in presentation skills and we got to discussing ways to handle nerves. One gentleman confided to the group that his jitters are so severe that before presentations, he experiences a sort of 'white-out', which is a biological fraction away from a flat-out faint. He drifts back in, then finds himself wondering where he is. His colleagues expressed their surprise at this, saying that they didn't perceive him as nervous at all.

Last week, I bought myself a car I've desired for years. It's a Jaguar XJ, and its sense of theatricality is delightful. Since then, I've noticed something. Whenever I've parked in an open parking lot, I arrive to find that the big cat has found a friend. Other Jaguar drivers tend to park their cars beside mine. Not many brands enjoy this level of cult-following.

Could you make customer-aspiration your end-state goal? Could you look at the techniques used by these big brands and reverse engineer how they go there? Could you begin to build brand-messaging with that destination in mind?

The big event is about to begin. Your banners are proudly displayed at the doors. Your pamphlets are on the table and you're excited about winning new business. What's on that banner of yours?

There are several security companies operating in my area. I only ever really see one of them, and that’s an interesting point.

Here's the scenario: You're delivering a high-stakes presentation that could lead to a large sale. You've successfully framed the issue and used a combination of storytelling and stats to prove the importance of your proposal.

I was describing a luxury car to a friend. Without really thinking about it, I quipped, "It even has peasant-blockers in the back." My friend laughed at this colourful phraseology describing 'rear window blinds,' and his laughter drew my attention to the phrase. It made me wonder where I'd first heard it. It was in a video blog that I regularly follow, and one of the reasons I regularly follow it is because I enjoy the language and humour. Professional speaker Douglas Kruger explores excellent use of language as an expert-positioning technique. See him in action at www.douglaskruger.com.

Gillette produced an advert that spoke about ‘toxic masculinity.’ The ad exploded. It's been the most talked about topic globally this week. Ostensibly, the goal was to play on a social justice trend, and to encourage men to ‘shave away’ toxic behaviours. Douglas Kruger is the author of two books on expert positioning, two on innovation, and several more. He is an international keynote speaker on the business circuit. To book him as the motivational speaker for your next leadership conference or event, visit www.douglaskruger.com.

If fortune has smiled on you, not only do you do the thing you love for a living, but you’re also becoming a recognised expert at it. What drew you to it in the first place? Professional Speaker Douglas Kruger explores your first love, and the propulsion that recapturing that sensation can provide for you. See him live at www.douglaskruger.com.

As part of the research for my newest book, I looked extensively into studies on 'what keeps people poor,' versus 'what determines upward mobility.'

December is an interesting time for aspiring experts. Conference planners and hosts of association events are thinking about next year, but not everything is set in stone yet. Most are still at work, but there’s a moment to breathe. That represents an opportunity. Douglas Kruger is a professional speaker and business author. See him live, or book him as the motivational speaker at your next conference, at www.douglaskruger.com.

Is it possible to become wealthy working as an employee, and arrives at the answer, ‘Yes, with one proviso.’ The proviso is how you view your career.

Do you track your own numbers? They represent an excellent opportunity for publicity.