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Part of Success is Self Promotion (Like It or Not)


Robby

If there’s one word to describe us in the Midwest, it’s “friendly.” And if we get right down to Indiana residents, it might “humble.” We’re not known for bragging. Which is a sort of a brag in itself, but I digress.

However, we Hoosiers in the working world need to learn that at least a little bit of self-promotion is part of professional success. And no, this isn’t an easy lesson.

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No matter how much you accomplish in life, it’s hard to make progress in the eyes of others if they can’t see what you’ve done This sounds simple, but it’s not something we’re used to doing. When was the last time you completed a task and another person truly knew how much work it was for you to do it?

Here are the reasons to toot your own horn:

  • You make it easier for other people to value you. If the work you do is something that is technically complex or obscure, your colleagues may not understand it. Mentioning what you’re working on and what it takes is an easy way to get noticed.
  • You make it easier for other people to promote you. People want to talk you up. If they don’t know what you’re doing, it’s hard to do that in detail.
  • You justify your time. The busy person is usually respected. If others are aware of what you do, they are more likely to see why you’re needed.

But, of course, there is a huge challenge. How do you promote yourself without going too far?

Here are a couple of tips:

  1. When someone asks you to do something, considering let them know you got the request, when you start, and when you finish. This is especially helpful over email and if there is a delay between each step.
  2. Keep a work journal of accomplishments. While you may never show it to anyone, it will keep your successes top of mind for you.
  3. Praise others on their accomplishments to create

Good luck! You can do it.

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About the Blogger: Robby Slaughter is a productivity speaker and expert. He is a principal with a AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm.

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