What does it take to be an expert? Are you one or do you fall into the ranks of the non-experts like most of us? One thing is sure, though. Experts can simplify everything. Check out here 5 ways in which experts are the kings of simplification.

Short-term Memory

Experts use their short-term memories very well. They can break up a large piece of information into manageable and logical chunks. Using their short-term memory, they have the ability to process one chunk at a time. This means that they can handle complexity and quickly solve complex problems.

Use Less Memory

You got it right. Experts are able to use less memory to process large quantities of information and quickly respond. They use a top-down approach to process information using a minimum cognitive load. Sounds fancy!

Filter Information

When faced with complex situations, processes or data, many of us can’t see the wood for the trees. Experts don’t suffer from this shortcoming. They can selectively filter relevant information and focus on what is important. Experts perform at their best in environments where there are little noise and minimal data.

Meta Skills

Experts have meta-skills which enable them to monitor, adjust and analyse their learning, thinking and knowledge to facilitate problem-solving. Meta-skills make experts excellent strategists and they are also completely goal-oriented.


As a rule of thumb, experts don’t apply rules or guidelines. They have an intuitive understand or problems and situations based on tacit understanding. Experts are fluid thinkers and problem-solvers. Using their prior experience, they are even able to find unique and innovative solutions to problems that they have never encountered before.

Quick Check

Just how expert are you? Answer these truthfully, yes or no. Only full marks make you an expert. Anything less makes you a novice, sorry to say.

  • I can easily chunk complex information.
  • I am not afraid of complexity.
  • I have the ability to filter and simplify relevant information.
  • I can easily adjust my learning and thinking processes.
  • I hate using rules or guidelines to solve problems.