Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The art of 'Hustling'

How good are you at talking yourself up?

Many of the most successful people I work with take the opportunity to inform me and anyone else they meet of the cool things they have been doing lately or that they have coming up, they hustle all the time. I watch this with a wry smile...

They don't ever miss the opportunity to share how awesome their X or Y is and in most cases they ensure you know that as a result of X and Y your world could benefit from a little bit of them and theirs.

When you get face time with a boss, a mentor or someone who is influential, do you need to give them a success update?

Well the answer is not a simple yes or no.

I do believe you need to take time to create news worthy conversations (Especially when Brand YOU is what you are selling) have to get the balance right. When the only conversation I have with you is about you it gets tiresome very quickly.

Here are some thoughts...
  • Develop the habit of stating “I have been blessed to ...” or some other non secular version that achieves the same affect.
  • Reduce the use of “I” and start to develop a royal “We”.
  • Take the “We" a step further and give as much glory as you can to other people while presenting your success. If only you were involved in the actual success, thank your mother.
  • Mix your technology when hustling. Twitter, Facebook and Text updates might serve the hustle better than face to face and maybe the opposite is true.
  • Always make sure the person you are telling the success to feels some relationship to the tid bit you are sharing. ‘John, the most amazing thing happened yesterday and I feel like you made it happen for me...(share success) thank you for all your (whatever)’.
Sure, you need to hustle and you need humility, get the mix right!


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