Answer: To act in a boastful, self-promoting manner.
Don’t you think “blowing your own trumpet” and boasting about yourself, is a bit tricky?
Do you find it hard to do?
If you do, you are not alone.
The vast majority of us do.
But one of the most crucial skills in today’s world is to be able to sell yourself. If you are trying to sell a service or to get new business you will need to sell yourself.
We see people telling everyone ‘how brilliant they are’, blowing their own trumpet, when in fact, they are useless.
We see that on every TV episode of ‘Pop Idol’ or ‘Got Talent’.
The unknown singer says, ‘Yeah, I love singing. I sing everyday and everyone says how good I am. I’m good enough to win this contest, in fact I think you are looking at the 2010 winner of this show’.
We’ve all seen them.
Then get onto the stage and just cannot sing.
We also see people telling everyone ‘how brilliant they are’, blowing their own trumpet, and in fact, they are. They are brilliant at what they do but no one likes them because they are so arrogant, conceited and we want them to fail.
Remember Muhammad Ali in his hey-day?
His battle cry, “I am the greatest!” was known across the world long before he was considered the finest boxer of all time.
He was a fantastic boxer. The worlds best ever, some would argue. But didn’t you want him to lose? To get knocked-out?
So how do you blow you own trumpet without coming across as bigheaded and arrogant?
One simple way is to get someone else to do it for you. This happened to me personally.
I completed some changes to a clients website and as a result within one month the website traffic had increase by 32%.
The owner of the website was so thrilled she actually took the time out and created a blog post just on my excellent services.
You can read the full story here: thank you for a great service provided
Through Your Passion.
People will listen (and be inspired) when you have an outstanding eagerness and passion for whatever you do. When you talk about what you do, be passionate.
Go The Extra Mile
Your actions can speak louder than your words.
When others see that you work hard and see ”Y” being delivered as well as “X”, you often don’t have to say anything.
You are blowing your own trumpet through your task deliveries.
Talk The Team Up
If you are leading a piece of work and it is delivered successfully, one way to blow your own trumpet is by letting the team and any peers have the credit. Always mention that the staff did all the work and mention individuals by name.
You will still get the credit because you are the leader, but always mention/communicate who has completed the work.
A truly first-class Leader gets things done through others and people know that.
Think How Others See You
People can assume a lot about your abilities from the way you look or the way you present yourself. They may think a scruffy, sullen looking person is disorganised, bad at their job and generally unreliable. Look smart, smile and act positive. That can go a long way in blowing your own trumpet.
So you don’t have to act like Muhammad Ali to blow you own trumpet, you can still do it quietly and with purpose.
“Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted-One moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?”
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