Today, I’m showcasing the excellent Steve Trister, actor, comedian and proprieter of Performance Dynamite.

Steve has created the character Guru John Popolini as an antidote to the rise of the business guru (I wrote a post on this a while back that might be of interest.) He can often be seen at business networking events, conferences and exhibitions. I dare say he probably does the odd gypsy wedding and bar mitzvah for the right price too!

It is a timely reminder about three things. One, the importance of creativity. Two, how to not take ourselves too seriously. Three, how a little polish can make all the difference when it comes to presenting!

Check him out on Twitter @SteveTrister and @GuruJPopolini – but be warned, he tweets alot!

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Tinker. Tailor. Expert. Guru.

Consultant, specialist, pundit, commentator, critic, connoisseur, authority, counsel, mentor – the list goes on and on. The list of self awarded titles that we sometimes apply to ourselves to give what we do credibility and meaning.

Yet these titles can often have the opposite and turn off potential customers.

Think about it. When was the last time you took a self titled consultant or guru really seriously.

There is a real backlash to this right now in the marketing sector and especially in the social media sector. How can anyone truly claim to be an expert when the landscape is changing and with dozens of new ideas emerging around the world daily?

Better to let your work, your testimonials, and therein, your reputation speak for itself. People buy experience, credibility and assurance – not gimmicky monikers. In time, based on sustained, committed delivery, they will decide if you deserve to be a called a guru.

Image courtesy of Shannon Burns