It has been a long time since I have felt inspired to blog. This topic is near and dear to me, because it is something I struggle with. Selling yourself sounds cheap and needy, however it is one of the top 5 tips for success. It cannot be ignored, and it certainly must be trained.
When you have a passion or a gift, you naturally want to venture into that field as a career or hobby. If it is a service you can offer to other people, you are not doing yourself any favors by staying quiet about what you do. I myself struggle with telling everyone about my blog and podcast. I even struggle with telling everyone I am a wonderful substitute. These are things that I am passionate about and they provide an income for my lifestyle, however when people ask what I do I respond with “I am a substitute teacher”.
Selling yourself is more than providing a bullet point reference to your life. It is giving a presentation that makes the receiver of this information want to know more. It is not enough to hand out a card and state your status. You must own your passion and give it life in 5 or less sentences.
I will use me as the example since this is something I struggle with as well:
Interested Party: What do you do for a living?
Me: I am a blogger, podcast facilitator and substitute teacher. My platform is based on learning successful communication strategies and sharing them with everyone. I highly recommend you read my blog and listen to my podcast, I am always looking for feedback.
Interested Party: That sounds interested. How can I listen or subscribe?
Me: That’s easy! You can log on to communicationscamp.com for my blog or listen to my podcast at communicationscamp.podbean.com
It seems easy when I write it down. As I have discussed in previous podcasts and blogs, some of us are predisposed to negative language that causes automatic self-doubt. I cannot express enough how important it is to change your circle of friends and family to positive influence and grow as a person who loves themselves enough to sell their passion. This is the true power of success.
While selling yourself may be a struggle, it may be the one thing that changes our status mentally and financially. You yourself need to decide your value. This will mean ignoring the negative words and thoughts that have suppressed you and your success and embracing the positive vibes you are given in order to sell your passion and turn around your success.
Juanita Espino B.S. Comm., M.A.Ed.
Communications Consultant and Professional Advisor