What Is a SME?

A subject matter expert (SME) is someone who has mastered an area of expertise. This is a fuzzy but extremely important term. Some use it to describe highly qualified, recognized experts, but we have a different take on it. You don’t have to be the grand master of a specific subject or possess extraordinary work capability to qualify as a SME. So long as you know more than those looking to learn from you, that makes you the SME.

Let’s think about this in real life. Imagine that I am lost in a big building and desperately need to find the restroom. You work in the building, have used the restroom many times, and know exactly where ...

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