Self Promotion or No Promotion


It’s that time of year. The time when you’re taking personal inventory of all your accomplishments. That’s when it hits you– am I being recognized for my greatness? Do they know what I do around here? Why have I been passed over for that promotion time and again?

The answer is simple but probably not what you want to hear: No one is thinking about you.

That’s why you need to make them.

For some reason people have mistaken humility with silence and arrogance with self promotion. Let that end today, because its effecting how the world views your work. Here are 5 tips to help you earn the praise you deserve and the promotion you want:

1. Open your mouth.
You’ve heard the term the squeaky wheel get the grease? Well, unless you open your mouth, no one will know what’s troubling you.

2. Know exactly what you want
Before you say anything, know what you want. If you don’t have a vision and goal for yourself don’t expect someone else to have one for you.

3. Make your boss a partner in your success
Ask your boss questions, tell him or her your goals and enlist them to help you achieve them.

4. Optimism and enthusiasm go a long way
No one wants to be around a downer. Smile. Be enthusiastic in your delivery and people will notice.

5. BQE: Be quick and excellent.
Make yourself indispensable and reliable. In any field, if you do your job quickly and  deliver a high standard of excellence you’ll be writing your own ticket in no time.

Don’t sit back and wait for someone to notice you. It’s not that what you’re doing isn’t noteworthy…it’s just that people are too busy worrying about their own issues to think about yours. Make sure you stay on top of mind by promoting yourself.


  1. martha
    Posted August 20, 2010 at 3:52 PM | Permalink

    I shared the article with my CLOSE friends @ work (couldn’t show everyone, there’s a lot of blockin’ !). We all feel the same way…… great advice! Your tips were usable and filled with wisdom. Most importantly, they apply to any goal and can be used in any work force.

  2. Posted September 3, 2010 at 11:15 PM | Permalink

    “For some reason people have mistaken humility with silence and arrogance with self promotion.”

    This is so true, and thanks for pointing this out. Conveying your value to your company doesn’t necessarily equate to arrogant self-promotion. A tactic that I’ve recently learned for conveying your value is being explicit about how a certain project you’ve completed will be valuable to management and/or your company, instead of simply listing what you did to complete the project.

    Also, I would tweak #3 a bit. I recommend that finding out exactly what management wants, their goals, and what they expect be the priority instead. Sometimes we assume we know, but do not really know what management expects. You cannot meet expectations if you don’t know what’s expected. And if you wait for an end of quarter or yearly evaluation to find out what your manager needs or was looking for, it’s too late and you’re now playing catch up. When we learn management’s vision, and then help them to fulfill that vision, they’ll be more apt to help us to fulfill ours.

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