How to talk about yourself without bragging! Diane Carver 8/9/17 Career Enlightenment
If you are in a job search, wanting to move ahead at work, or trying to get clients for your business, you have to learn to talk about yourself in a way that informs people authentically about what value you create. I like to think about this as educating people on what I do best, what I want to do, and why.
Elevator speeches are not for me
I’ve never liked the concept of an elevator speech because the last time I was in an elevator no one spoke and no one dared make eye contact. So I don’t do elevator speeches, and no one can make me.
There does however come a time when you must talk about yourself and you need to know what to say & how to say it. Here’s my process: authenticity, brevity, and passion.
Be honest about the value you create
Just be honest about how you create value. I like to think about this as educating people on what I do best, what I want to do, and why.[ Reread your]performance reviews, survey your clients, or ask people who would tell you the truth. Take a few days & make a list without editing anything – just keep the flow going. Be sure you focus on what value you Fromulaing your create because no matter what you like to do, you have to find a buyer.
Keep it simple, keep it brief
Let the fun begin and start editing. Get some help if you need it. Think about finishing this sentence, “I’m at my best when…”
It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it – not true
Well, actually it IS what you say … and it’s how you say it. Think about how you would talk about what would motivate you to get up every day and do that thing you do so well. What will you say to inspire others to ask you for more? What will you say to help them remember you?
It’s the thought that counts … and the gift
You’ve put a lot of thought into what you do best and what would motivate you to do it every day. Think of what you say about yourself as a gift you give to others. Your message is sincere and content rich, and even inspiring. Paint a picture for people so they see you succeeding. Also, if you need help, people need to know how to help you.
Want an example? Here’s mine:
I am a career coach. I’m at my best when I’m helping people connect their strengths, values and passions with the organization or business. I use a creative process to help them get really clear about what they want so they’re motivated to take action. Our careers affect every component of our lives; I consider it an honor to help people find work they really enjoy and make a positive impact.
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Talking About Your Accomplishments
by Alan Carniol 10/21/17
Let’s talk about accomplishments.
Earlier in the week, a Daily Success Boost reader emailed me with an interesting question. The gist of it is this:
Bragging about your accomplishments is easy if you worked in a revenue-generating role, like sales or marketing. But what if you worked in an “overhead expense” role, like administration? How can you brag about “streamlining office procedures” or “creating a file system” without it sounding trite?
This is a good question.
And the answer is quite simple, though not necessarily easy.
In a sense, just about every role in an organization – especially a commercial one – is “revenue-generating”. Why? Because every organization has a limited amount of resources with which to achieve its mission – and no organization can afford to employ people who do not create value.
That’s the key word, here: “value”.
Every role you ever had was a “value-creating” role. And if you were successful in those roles, then you must have created value in some way.
So, you didn’t “streamline office procedures”; you “saved an estimated 40 team hours per month by optimizing procedures for time-intensive tasks”.
You didn’t “create a file system that eliminated the need for duplication”; you “reduced the amount of paperwork your boss had to manage by 64%”.
These accomplishments created value.
But here’s the rub: value is a subjective notion.
If you want to make your accomplishment sing when you list them on your resume (or talk about them during an interview), you need to understand what the hiring manager values – and you need to communicate your “brag” in a way that talks to this value.
Did you recognize Diane Carver’s personal example as an elevator pitch? It is!
Whether you are looking for an offer from a college or from an employer, you need to be clear about your value and know how to talk about yourself with confidence, not braggadocio. I can help you discover and highlight what your target wants to find in you. An exploratory session with feedback can be exactly what you need. For an appointment call or text 610-212-6679 or email me at email@example.com