If you, like me, grew up thinking that you should focus on quietly doing a good job and everything else would take care of itself, you probably had a rude awakening when you realized that’s not how the world works. Definitely not the workplace. And if you, like me, feel slightly nauseous at the thought of touting your own achievements, Meredith Fineman wants to help you change your mindset.
The founder and CEO of FinePoint, a leadership and professional development company, Fineman is also the author of Brag Better: Master the Art of Fearless Self-Promotion. And she wants to teach you to do just that: brag better.
Whether you’re trying to land your dream internship, struggling to feel valued in your job, hoping for a raise or promotion, searching for a new job, or trying to put yourself out there for more freelance gigs, Fineman believes you have to get comfortable feeling proud of your accomplishments and sharing them with others.
Fineman spoke to me about her new book, her “brag better” approach, how you can start small right now, and why you should—even in the middle of a global pandemic.