Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tooting your own Horn


Toot your own horn (the subject of this 3-minute video clip) without peeing on your shoes (the title of the book by Julie Bauke, the person being interviewed in this clip).

How many of us can accept a “thank you” or “great job,” or talk about a recent accomplishment, without feeling like we’re bragging, or feeling a need to downplay how significant that accomplishment is? If you do have this problem, you might want to look at this clip. It gives good practical and philosophical advice about putting compliments into perspective, acknowledging them, without overstating or bragging.

Of course, if you are still looking for a job, you are (or should be) tooting that horn to somebody who does not know you well enough to compliment you (yet). You have to be persuasive as you say good things about yourself. If you think about the advice offered in this clip, there are some good strategies here. Praise others as you talk up your own good points—give credit to others where it is due, and demonstrate that you’re a team player.

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