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Every time you meet someone new in your professional life, you have an opportunity to brag; yet most people say they would rather have their work speak for itself. Professional development expert Meredith Fineman believes that, rather than let others decide what your work says about you, you should take control of your message and brag proudly. Fineman offers constructive activities to help you learn to take pride in your accomplishments, find your voice and refine your message. She includes tips on how to navigate the online world, manage criticism and share what you’ve learned with others.

About the Author

Meredith Fineman is founder and CEO of FinePoint, a leadership and professional development company that aims to elevate professionals – especially women – by speaking on the power of self-promotion. 

Summary

Bragging generates negative emotions for many in the workplace.

Many people want to promote themselves through hard work. They hope strong results and quality output will garner the attention, praise and promotions they deserve. Work does not in fact speak for itself, however – and this is where bragging comes in. Bragging doesn’t mean injecting self-promoting phrases or exaggerations into conversations. Bragging means finding confidence in your abilities and learning how and when to share your accomplishments. Step back from your work for a moment and consider your ability to do the following actions: 

  • Speak confidently – Do you feel confident talking about your work and the work of others?
  • Get specific – Can you refer to your accomplishments with specific examples and facts?
  • Tell your story  Do you use a “practiced, yet natural delivery” when describing your achievements?
  • Shape your image Can you determine how you want people to perceive you?

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