Do You Know How to “Brag?”

Brag!: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It The Graduate School Professional Development committee recently read “Brag!: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It” by Peggy Klaus. Our goal in reading this “tongue-in-cheek” book was to extract helpful advice for graduate students as they communicate about their work to a variety of audiences.

Some key ideas included:

  • The importance of always being prepared—opportunities will come up with little or no notice and you don’t want to feel tongue-tied.
  • Be authentic.
  • Prepare a script that you tweak for various purposes—the trick is to not have it sound rehearsed.

Members of the committee selected a few quotes, in particular, that graduate students might enjoy:

“Bragging in my book is subtle and seamlessly works its way into social and business interactions. If you do it right, they won’t know what hit them.”

“Write at the top of the page in large letters the five things about you that make you the perfect candidate for each position you have applied for.”

“Back up style with substance.”

“Good self-promoters have a way of connecting with others.”

“Step one of your bragging campaign is quite simple. Every day remind yourself of four things: your name, your title, your responsibilities, and the positive things you are accomplishing right now for your organization.”

“The more people who know who you are and what you do the better, because you never know where opportunity is going to come from.”

“Everyone needs an upbeat ‘act as if everything is going great’ story about the current stage of life. Think of interesting and exciting ways to describe what you are up to now that are appealing to different mindsets.”

“It’s essential to create a coherent summary of where you have been, where you are at, and where you are going.”

“Often when our thoughts become words, our words become deeds. The more you say something, the more you start to believe it, and the more likely it is to become a reality.”

And remember, what feels like bragging to you when you do it may not sound like bragging at all to your listener—if done right, it is just folded into a larger conversation. Bragging is “about becoming more of who you are and bringing forward your best parts with authenticity, pride, and enthusiasm.”  For more information, check out the book on Amazon.

3 Responses to “Do You Know How to “Brag?””

  1. Leslie L Morgan says:

    Thank you for sharing information on this title. I need to get it!