How to Toot Your Own Horn Without Blowing It

Tooting-horn.jpgIt feels awkward to talk about yourself, but being able to tout your accomplishments is necessary in many situations like justifying a pay increase, asking for a promotion, or interviewing for a new job. On the other hand, no one likes talking to someone that sounds self-righteous or big headed. So where’s the balance?

Here are two tips on how to communicate what makes you great without appearing unwelcomely full of yourself:

Tell them the bottom line

So, you were able to move mountains at your last job. Does it make a difference if you moved the mountain a millimeter or a mile? The point isn’t how far you move that mountain, but the fact that you can measure the effect or impact you had on a situation. Measurable goals mean potentially attainable goals, and everyone wants someone that can meet goals on their team.

Let your enthusiasm shine

If you feel a smile coming on when explaining something you’ve accomplished, don’t hold back. Sharing your excitement with someone makes your recollection of the experience a shared experience. It gives an opportunity to your audience to vicariously experience your accomplishment and be excited with you.

Have any other tips on how we can showcase the great work that we do without sounding conceited? Share with us in the comments below!

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