I’ll bet you all know someone who likes to drop names to impress people.
Or perhaps do most of the talking in a social situation and the main topic of conversation is all about them.
I sure do. I tend to feel my eyes glaze over as I scan the room to find the closest exit.
I’ve mentioned before: you don’t have to be self-centered to be good at self-promotion.
Self-promotion is at its best, articulating the overlap between what you have to offer and what your target audience needs.
It allows you to solve more problems by letting them know all about you.
Bragging, on the other hand, is talking at people and tends to be all about you.
In fact, the conversation often isn’t even connected to your conversation partners -- instead, it’s like they are not even there.
You’re just talking about how outstanding you are, all the incredible achievements that you’ve accomplished and all the fancy people that you know.
People tend to want to move away from you, claiming that it’s “time to refresh my drink”.
So, wanna know how to promote yourself without clearing a room and by connecting authentically with those around you?
Shhh….here’s the secret:
Start by identifying what is special about you.
And then learn how to speak about yourself with more confidence while tailoring your message to both your strengths and whom you're addressing.
This is easier for some than others. And in most cases, will require some support and coaching to help you learn how to do this.
One of the things that introverts do have working for them is the ability to stay the course and approach learning how to do this with depth and intensity.
It’s up to you to find a way to let your passion and potential bubble out of you so that you can share them with the world.
It’s going to take practice, discipline, getting out of your comfort zone, along with some good ‘ole fashioned trial and error.
The thing is, it’s almost always worth it.
If you’d like to chat more about how I can help you learn how to this, let’s talk.
I am grateful that you are a part of my community and I am here to support you however I can.
Stay safe and be well.
Kate is an INFJ-3 on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Enneagram.