Get to know yourself and what your most authentic and interesting responses are for the common questions you’re asked.
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Avoid the mistake of over-focusing on what you did. Nothing is more snooze-inducing than reciting a factual timeline of your life, your resume, or your achievements.
The part that builds connection, that turns your story from a couple of black and white statistics into a colorful film, that adds the spice and herbs to your otherwise bland potatoes, is the passion and personal motivation behind your facts.
Yes, your work says some things about you. Certainly if what you say and what you do don’t align, you’re going to lose credibility.
Don’t rely on your colleagues or friends to tell your story either. While it’s wonderful when they do, they only know a part of your life. No one else can read your mind and know your passions, your motivations, what you’ve learned, and what your dreams are.
Get out there and speak up. Express yourself as you really are, in your one-of-a-kind brilliance.
Be understood. And in the process, you might just find out that you aren’t alone.
Don’t lie about your accomplishments. Don’t stretch the truth, either. Don’t go about wearing your curriculum vitae on your forehead and ensuring that everyone in your vicinity gets exposed to your list of good deeds.
If you’re telling a story where the facts emerge naturally, don’t try to hide or play down the awesome things you did because of modesty.
There is no such thing as talking about yourself in a vacuum. Connection implies having two sides in the relationship.
If you go into a conversation thinking only of yourself — your reputation, your goals, your achievements — the other party is going to sense that right away and you’re going to come across as self-centered and arrogant.
Observe the thoughts that come up and do not judge yourself for having them. If you have unkind thoughts, ask yourself if you would speak to any other human being the same way you speak to yourself.
You deserve to be spoken to kindly, just like you would speak to a friend.
The first step to success is to know exactly what you want. Sounds simple right? Sadly, most people never seem to get what they want, simply because they are not clear about what they want in the first place!
unless you have a specific goal, there is nothing tangible you can focus your time and energy on. This is why most people find themselves going in all other directions, ending up nowhere.
Unless you have a specific target, you cannot develop an effective strategy to get there.
In short, because you will never feel ready.
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