This effortless and unapologetic approach to self-promotion will manage your anxiety and allow you to champion yourself.
Does talking about your accomplishments feel scary or icky because you're worried people will think you're "obnoxious"?
Does it feel more natural to "put your head down and do the work"?
Are you tired of watching the loudest people in your industry get disproportionate praise and rewards?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above, you might be self-sabotaging. You need to learn to Brag Better. Meredith Fineman has built a career working with "The Qualified Quiet": smart people who struggle to talk about themselves and thus go underestimated or unrecognized. Now, she shares the surefire and anxiety-proof strategies that have helped her clients effectively communicate their achievements and skillsets to others.
Bragging Better doesn't require false bravado, talking over people, or pretending to be more qualified than you are. Instead, Fineman advocates finding quiet confidence in your opinions, abilities, and background, and then turning up the volume. In this book, you will learn the career-changing tools she's developed over the past decade that make bragging feel easy, including:
• Get remembered by focusing your personal brand and voice on key adjectives (like "effective, subtle, and edgy")
• Practice explaining what you do in simple, sticky terms to earn respect and recognition from the public and people at work.
• Eliminate words that undermine your work and find better ones--like your bio saying you're "trying" or "attempting" to do something instead that you ARE doing it.
If you're ready to begin Bragging Better--to telling the truth about your accomplishments with grace and confidence--this book is for you.
About the Author
Meredith Fineman is an entrepreneur, writer, and host. She is the founder and CEO of FinePoint, a leadership and professional development company that elevates individuals, from young professionals to CEOs, and particularly women on an upward trajectory. Fineman is a freelance writer of 15 years and book collaborator, with bylines from Harvard Business Review to Forbes, Fast Company, and more. She speaks and trains on the power of self-promotion to companies, brands, universities, and groups. She created and hosts It Never Gets Old, a podcast on second-hand and sustainable fashion.
“Entrepreneurs will love these shrewd promotion strategies.”
“Bragging is a superpower if it’s done right. Meredith Fineman teaches you how to confidently, assertively, and expertly gain respect by talking about yourself. It’s a skill everyone should have."
—Vanessa Van Edwards, author of Captivate
“This whip-smart, empowering book dismantles the idea that to be heard, you have to be the loudest blowhard in the room. This action plan makes the scary, but necessary, skill of talking about yourself look easy.”
—Fran Hauser, author of The Myth of the Nice Girl and former president of Digital at Time Inc.
“Brag Better is a thoughtful guide to finding, using, and sharing your voice, even when it's difficult. Speaking up matters - especially in the current landscape.”
--dream hampton, award-winning filmmaker Surviving R. Kelly, writer, TIME 100 Most Influential People 2019 Honoree
“Brag Better will change your life. It took me an extraordinarily long time to write my first book because any time I wrote anything positive about myself, I would edit the sentence to death because I didn’t want to seem egotistical. Forget that!”
—Alyssa Mastromonaco, former deputy White House chief of staff to President Obama and author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?
“Not all of us come into the world with the self-assurance we need, and it can be infuriating to watch overconfidence pay off while merit goes unrewarded, especially for the most marginalized in our society. Meredith Fineman has taught me how to Brag Better and will help you do it, too.”
—Liz Plank, author of For the Love of Men
“This book provides a pitch-perfect map for how to take your career to the next level.”
—Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her and director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project
“In debunking ‘likability’ myths and teaching precisely and practically how women should magnify their accomplishments, Fineman ignites a kind of bold, brash, bragging revolution—one that will wake your meek ass up.”
—Jennifer Romolini, author of Weird in a World That’s Not
“If this great book had come out two decades ago, The Qualified Quiet would have learned to self-promote as well as I do, and I would never have had a career.”
—Joel Stein, author of In Defense of Elitism