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After I wrote the post about becoming an accidental fundraiser, I remembered something from reading The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris.

It’s a great book that I would really recommend for anyone wondering how to step out of the 9-5 system. One of the sections outlines ‘How to Become a Top Expert in 4 Weeks’. His criteria for becoming an expert is to know more than most people in a niche market. He gives a lot more information about what makes an expert but the main thing he did was kill the notion that an expert has to be an old person with a zillion years of experience.

So in a nutshell here are the tips on becoming an expert that were outlined in the book:

  • Join 2 or 3 related trade organizations
  • Read 3 top selling books on your topic
  • Give one free 3 hour seminar at the closest well-known university
  • Give 2 free seminars at branches of two well-known big companies
  • Offer to write 1 or 2 articles for trade organizations
  • Join a service that journalists use to find experts to quote for articles

If I wanted to establish myself in the fundraising field I would say my number one priority would be to raise funds but I’ve decided to work on that alongside the first two bullet points and see how I get on. And of course the education centre will be the best place for me to channel my new found skills and knowledge.