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Self-promote without being braggy

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There’s nothing wrong with a little self-promotion—if you do it the right way. Follow these tips to pat yourself on the back, without sounding arrogant:

Be brief. When you go on and on about your experience or successes, it can begin to sound like bragging. Instead, offer a quick statement, such as “I’ve hit my quota every year for a decade because I listen to the customer” or “I won the account, but I couldn’t have done it without Karen’s research.”

Use performance reviews wisely. They are outstanding opportunities to highlight your value to the team and the organization. Create a list of your successes and practice what you are going to say before you sit down with your manager.

Focus on people up the ladder. Your peers and co-workers are more likely to see your self-praise as arrogance. A boss, however, wants to hear the rundown on what you are doing. They will remember your successes when it comes time to promote employees or recommend them for new roles or projects.

— Adapted from “10 Ways to Brag About Yourself Without Sounding Like a Jerk,” John Corcoran, Business News Daily, www.businessnewsdaily.com.

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