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What you should never say about yourself

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Talking about yourself and your accomplishments can be risky business. You don’t want to sell you or your work short, but coming off as pompous or clichéd can be bad for business, writes Jeff Haden for Inc.com.

Here are some common words that you should steer clear of when describing yourself:

•  Motivated. This one is redundant. Motivation is expected.

•  Authority. True authorities don’t have to convince others of it. Instead, talk about your accomplishments and contributions to your field, and let the audience decide your level of authority.

•  Innovative. This term is highly overused, especially by businesses and individuals that can’t back it up. Describe your accomplishments and let them stand on their own.

•  Incredibly. This adverb is most often used to amplify a word that does just fine by itself, for example, “incredibly insightful,” “extremely captivating.” Isn’t it enough to be just insightful or captivating?

Don’t tell people how great you are by spouting off overused buzzwords. Show them what you can do by telling them about your most impressive accomplishments.  

— Adapted from “10 Ways You Should Never Describe Yourself,” Jeff Haden, Inc.com.

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