As I explore different options with several people, I realize how difficult it is to brag or describe yourself!!!
A company contacted me and said, “Mrs. Drake can you send us your credentials for speaking to a group of sales representatives? Especially since you have been in education for the past several years.”
My response is, “How large do you want that list and how descriptive? Define credentials and/or expertise.”
Because listen up you probably have more ‘credentials’ or ‘expertise’ than you know about. One of my happy coaching sessions is: describe yourself in a positive happy manner and it will always come to a task they have completed and feel good about. Or a great accomplishment in life will show up in the descriptions. Which is perfect!!
Here is the sad part…many people will automatically revert back to saying, ” Yes, but Teena that was when I was in middle school or high school.” Or, “That was a silly class I took from Homemakers of America, it was just a free class about personality testing.”
Please stop!!! I actually had a 22 year old man say to me, ” Mrs. Drake I can’t do that don’t you remember how bad I was in middle school?”
Insinuating or may believe, his life dream will need to shelved or a positive description of him, isn’t possible, because of something from middle school!!! You might read that and think, she is crazy! However, time and time again someone says something to brand them from a much younger life and different time.
If I were to be honest I haven’t had anyone in my program that has not reacted in this manner, when it comes to describing themselves. That means a full description including ALL COMPLETED TASKS, ALL VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS, SALES EXPERIENCE (even if you were like me and began selling hand made pot holders in the fifth grade.)
After writing this and remembering all the times I cut myself short, I think it’s time we enjoy us!!! Enjoy you! And yes go ahead and create a list of the wonderful, experienced, fun and loving YOU!
Next time you receive a phone call asking for a list of expertise respond with, “How would you like to receive that document? E-mail or Mail Service?”
Try it! Begin creating a list of the good in you. Start with what feels best. No matter what, when you have completed (which it truly will never be complete, as long as you are living you are continually evolving) you will be super happy and proud of yourself! You will probably want to kiss yourself! Instead kiss your dog, lover, friend! Celebrate you!!!!