The idea for the topic of being OK with being an expert came to me a few months ago while I was attending economic development sales training. This training was about closing the economic development deal. Que up the Glengarry Glen Ross Reference - Always be closing...
Anyway, as an economic developer, my job is to sell my community to stakeholders, site selectors, businesses, and future residents.
It is also communicating with existing residents about programs and selling projects to them, because they may not think a project is good for the community or want it to do more.
For example, at my previous job in a city. There was a lot of activity going on in a historic neighborhood. That are had seen a huge upswing in development activity since 1990 and some of the residents think that enough is enough.