Don’t Sell Yourself Short!!

I love a ton of things. Donuts, water, love, jokes, women, truth, action films, and the list goes on, but one thing that I definitely love right now is OPPORTUNITY !! That is why I love the show Shark Tank so much. It’s because it provides a great opportunity for people who are unsuccessful business owners to become very successful business owners.

For the last year or so, I have been gnawing on this reality that people can sell themselves short. It happens ALL THE TIME! You may not even notice it when you do it! It can happen when you are pursuing someone that you are interested in, when you are wanting to sell something, or when you are on an interview for the job you want. We can say things that aren’t really appealing to the person we are talking to and have the person’s interest check out on us way before we deliver the punch line for whatever it is we are trying to sell.

There are a ton of books out there that are meant to help us become better at selling anything to anyone. However, I do have some words of advice to share. The first thing is that whatever you say about yourself and how you present yourself can make or break your interaction with the person pretty quickly. For instance, if you are sending a cover letter for a job that you want, DO NOT write about how inexperienced you are in the field. Instead, hinge upon what you DO KNOW because that is what employers want to know anyway. To add, negative words mostly create a negative energy about you. No one wants to feel that. Your speech speaks more about your character than you realize. Learn to speak well of yourself. Own the opportunity before it owns you! You want that job? Believe that you are the best for that job before you even apply! When you speak to the hiring manager from a place of confidence(but not cockiness-there is a difference!), then that makes them more eager to know about you more! Plus, you’ll be flowing with words that will highlight you as a person and your skills because you know you best and you are not coming from a place of timidity and doubt. If you are confident in yourself then your manager will be confident in you.

If you are going to meet someone face to face, whether it is to ask them out or you are selling something, look them in the eye, talk clearly and smile. Looking them in the eye tells them that you are serious about what it is that you are pursuing. Talking clearly is a sign that you have some amount of intelligence in you, and smiling with a genuine smile let’s them know that you are a kind person that they should be comfortable doing business with. Presenting anything to another person is all about making them feel important and appreciated.

Whatever you do, walk tall, speak clearly and smile. The world is your oyster. It’s about time you let it know!

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I am a 32 year-old central floridian. I work at a 4-Diamond hotel in Florida. I live with a roommate who is so different than me, it's insane, but we make it work. Also, I am a 6'3" tall, 240 lb black, straight man who wants to blog about self-care!

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