It’s incredibly important to be comfortable with talking about yourself – it’s necessary for many things in your working life: cover letter, CV, job interview, performance review…
But there’s a fine line between celebrating your accomplishments and arrogantly boasting about the times when you were right and the world was wrong.
Here’s a few tips to help you balance it all out:
Ensure you have a receptive audience… which usually comes from an appropriate setting (like the ones I listed above).
Even if you’re in the right setting have plenty of other topics for conversation – there’s nothing worse than forcing one subject when it’s only you that really wants to talk about it.
Accept responsibility for your losses as well as your successes. This way, everything you say will have more credibility overall and you won’t be known as the sore loser.
Support others and give them the opportunity to shine in the spotlight – recognise that others have achieved great things too.
Use real accomplishments that prove you have worked toward your own success.
Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. ~ Booker T. Washington