Update: No one says it better than Olivier!
I get a kick out of people claiming that because they have "experience" they are qualified to offer consultation. Experience does not equate to "expertise" or "knowledge" and even those elements are subjective. "Experience" is when a person is encountering or undergoing something. "Expertise" is expert skill or knowledge in a particular area. Did you benefit from lessons learned?
Let us explore the different forms of knowledge as provided by:
ATHERTON J S (2003) Doceo: Forms of Knowledge [On-line] UK: Available: http://www.doceo.co.uk/tools/forms.htm
- Technical Knowledge vs. Practicle Knowledge (Aristotle, Oakeshott)
- Knowing that vs. Knowing how (Ryle)
- Propositional knowledge vs. Procedural knowledge
- (Conscious knowledge) vs. Tacit knowledge (Polanyi)
- Comprehension (knowledge about) vs. Apprehension (knowledge by direct acquaintance) (Kolb)
"There are problems with all these constructs, and most knowledge in the real world is a combination of many forms, but the distinctions are far from sterile."
Just because someone has been in the communications field for twenty years, does not make them an expert. Remember, we are striving to be "counselors" not pigeon-holed as "practitioners." What is the right thing to do...be it ethical or tactical? This is our drive. Age is no barrier, only the levels of which you expand your mind.