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It’s not bragging if it’s true

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Take a few tips on using the art of self-promotion from communication consultant Peggy Klaus:
  • Clue in the boss about what you’re doing. “It’s stunning to me how many people think that if they keep their heads down and work hard, their boss ‘will just know’ what they’re contributing,” says Klaus. “Don’t make [the boss] guess.”
  • Don’t spout off a list of accomplishments. Instead, tell a story. And use Klaus’s checklist of talking points to devise it:
1. What would you and others say are five of your personality pluses?

2. What are the 10 most interesting things you’ve done or that have happened to you?

3. What do you do for a living, and how did you end up doing it?

4. What do you like/love about your current job/career?

5. How does your job/career employ your talents, and what are you working on now to showcase them?

6. What career successes are you most proud of, either in current or past positions?

7. What obstacles have you overcome to get where you are today, both professionally and personally, and what essential lessons have you learned from some of your mistakes?

8. What training/education have you completed and what did you gain from those experiences?

9. What professional organizations are you associated with and in what ways (member, board member, officer)?

10. How do you spend your time outside of work, including hobbies, interests, sports, family and volunteer activities?

11. In what ways do you make a difference in people’s lives?

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