Saturday, June 5, 2010

Brag is not a four letter word

BRAG! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It
By Peggy Klaus

I learned about this book through a recent IT World Canada article, Self promotion: Learn the right way to brag.  From reading the article and the book page, I can safely conclude that the advice could apply to business people, managers, average workers (like me!), writers and other artists. 

Quoting the book's web page: "... in today's competitive business world, bragging is a necessity - not a choice. Remaining quiet about yourself or, worse, downplaying your successes leads to being underappreciated, or even allowing others to take credit for your achievements." 

"People either avoid bragging at all costs because they don't know how to do it gracefully, or they attempt to sell themselves like a PowerPoint presentation, making those on the receiving end want to hide," Klaus writes. Filled with personal and professional self-promotion dilemmas and solutions, BRAG! teaches readers how to put their best foot forward - while keeping it out of their mouths!"
"The truth is, brag is not a four letter word."

I'm going to add this to my reading list.  It may come in handy after I get that pretentious novel published :-) 


  1. Emily Post would NOT agree.
    Bragging is one's own opinion of one's self.
    Highly subjective and NOT objective.
    "By your deeds I shall know thee."

  2. However, Emily Post lived in another era, when you could count on your co-worker not stealing your glory.

  3. I agree with the importance of good manners in many circumstances yet agree with Mike's comment about another era. Apparently, the Emily Post Institute is offering advice, services, products for modern-day business and occasions.

    It would be interesting to see how well they have adapted old guidelines to modern times. I wonder the same of other archaic texts that obviously would be brutal and harmful to others if taken seriously in modern times. Oh, that's right. Some of them still are...

  4. I avoid words of that ilk.
    Note the harshness of the sound. The images of the speaker.
    There is a better to express one's qualities and contriution to society.
    A famous President said "Ask not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
    aloha oe