Brag? Not you, huh? Really? Why not?
Sure you hate those blowhards that do the littlest thing and, when they talk about it, make it seem like they saved the world. Conversely, you do big things but barely know how to say thank-you to compliments. You really aren't comfortable bragging about your accomplishments. But you can learn.
If you don't tell, nobody will know. OK, maybe your small circle of work friends will know what you do at work. Or a trusted confidant will know what you do at home. But the facts are that, unless you toot your own horn, you're playing yourself small. In the process, you're cheating yourself out of what you've earned and deserve. What a way to sabotage your life!
Peggy Klaus, in her book, The Art of Tooting Your Horn Without Blowing, says you don't have to go around boasting like those blowhards you hate. Instead, she suggests you learn how to tell stories. Start with her "Take Twelve" quiz. It will help you create a “brag bag.” Peggy compares the brag bag to a candy jar filled with treats. You fill it with “brag bites” which are “snippets of information about you” and “bragalogues” which are short (30 second to 3 minute) stories.
You can also set up a file. In it you can keep stories of the times when you had a great result, took a risk and won, or you solved a big problem. You can also file all those good things people said to you when those things happened. And don't forget those heart-felt compliments about your kindness, intuitiveness, and your other good qualities.
Then, tell your story with confidence and pizazz. Think of tooting your horn the way Mae West explained personality as "the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into the big black space where the audience is. "
And tune in to hear Peggy Klaus give her tips for making bragging easy. She'll be at The Friday Happy Hour with Annmarie Kelly today, September 19, 2014, 3-4pm eastern. Live and local on 1520am, live and global at www.WCHE1520.com and on your android on tunein.com