How2 Brag or Not to Brag.

by Cathy Paper on August 13th, 2011

I don't consider myself a big bragger. Yet I have been told I am kind of cocky. So I listened to that feedback and I continue to wonder what to doon my own behalf. Do I toot my own horn? Do I promote myself when I do things well or my company does things well? Do I practice the same things I tell my clients to do about promotion or do I hire someone else to do it?

Ugh. And double Ugh. I have frozen up. I notice now when I tell other people I did something really well and I think "I'm such a bragger." Yet, I want them to know what I recently accomplished. That's not normally why I do things to begin with, but a good dose of recognition definitely makes me feel better.

So here I sit watching other people celebrate their success, practice what I think is too much humility or down play their results. What's the right balance? What's the right to tone to let someone else know that someone else respects your work and you have credibility in your field? Are linked in recommendations even worth anything anymore? Don't get me started on facebook, twitter and youtube!

I'm semi-stumped and open for suggestions from all you out there who own a small business or are managing your career in a big company.

P.S. I wanted to sneak in this "Under The Radar" award list. It's run by a powerful Minnesota connector named Lars Leafblad and it celebrates the impact of making things happen with a circle of people. I'm proud.

Posted in Big Picture, business development    Tagged with linked in, MinnPost, Lars Leafblad, Awards


Jill Johnson - August 13th, 2011 at 6:21 PM
Self-censorship holds so many terrific people back. Finding the balance is hard, but you have to put out the wonderful things that happen to you. It also helps if you m*ention the honors of your friends too. Being humble (and factual) is key. It is not puffery when it is true.

So glad to be able to post a huge congratulations Cathy Paper on not only being name to the "Under the Radar" list but also to the "Community Connectors" list too. There were only a few people who were named to both lists!! You have earned both of these honors from your hard work in the shadow of amazing people. But you also have been superb at grabbing the hands of people waiting in the shadows and showing them the steps to shine in the big leagues. Bravo, my friend. Bravo.
Cathy Paper - August 14th, 2011 at 8:22 PM
Thanks Jill.

Great insights I will keep in mind for future victories and coaching. It's so much easier to encourage others to toot their own horn.

Caryn Sullivan - August 13th, 2011 at 6:40 PM
Brag away. And ~ congratulations!

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