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Brag Better Book Review: Advice for the Qualified Quiet
Anne Janzer -- Membership Expert Anne Janzer -- Membership Expert
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Dateline: San Luis Obispo , CA
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Hand holding megaphone next to cover of the book Brag Better

Do you have a hard time owning your expertise and authority? Meredith Fineman’s new book Brag Better challenges you let the world know about what you’ve done.

A Review of Brag Better by Meredith Fineman

Are you a member of the Qualified Quiet: the people who keep showing up, doing great work, and waiting for others to notice their contributions or excellence?

If you want to make an impact with your work, you have to step out of the Qualified Quiet. You need to speak up for yourself and let other people see you.

Meredith Fineman offers detailed advice for how to do that in her new book, Brag Better: Master the Art of Fearless Self-Promotion.

Cover of Brag Better by Meredith Fineman
Brag Better by Meredith Fineman

Why You Might Need This Book

As someone who has spent much of her life as a card-carrying member of the Qualified Quiet, I find the advice in Brag Better invaluable. Fineman gets to the heart of a problem that many people face, particularly women: not knowing how to talk about their own accomplishments in a way that others need to hear.

The title might put you off for a moment. Bragging? Self-Promotion?

Many women, of a certain age and in Western cultures, were brought up not to brag. Don’t be braggy. Don’t put yourself forward. We have internalized those values.

But there’s a difference between bragging, with all of its negative connotations, and letting others know about your accomplishments.

You’ll note that the subtitle is Fearless Self-Promotion, not Shameless Self-Promotion.

What You’ll Find

The book begins with the why and how of “bragging” or speaking up for yourself. Here’s a hint:

Being a member of The Qualified Quiet is a good thing. It’s not a weakness, it’s a strength. We need you.  You are essentially the backbone of our society and workforce. We just need to hear from you.

Meredith Fineman in Brag Better

She outlines four key elements of effective bragging: gratitude, pride, presentation, and showmanship. Be thankful for the opportunity. Take pride in your accomplishments. (That doesn’t sound too boastful, does it?)

Fineman asks that we redefine bragging:

“Bragging Better requires cultivating pride in your work and then taking small actions that help you share it with those around you.”

She offers advice and exercises for talking about your accomplishments. Then, she looks at how to apply these practices in various situations. There’s solid, practical advice on a range of topics, including:

  • What to put in your bios and personal website
  • How to pitch media
  • Public speaking
  • Salary negotiations

Fineman includes plenty of stories and inspiration to help you take the next step, as well as how to deal with negative reactions or pushback.

If Not For Yourself, Then for Others

If you’re still uncomfortable with the idea of promoting your accomplishments, learn how to promote others. She suggests that you use these skills to elevate the voices of those around you.

“Raise your voice because others cannot. Raise your voice because it is your duty to others whose voices can’t be heard or aren’t allowed to be used.”

Meredith Fineman in Brag Better

Find the book on Amazon or on Bookshop.Org

Other resources:

Listen to my interview with Jennifer Dulski, author of Purposeful.

Read my review of Talking from 9 to 5 by Deborah Tannen.

Cuesta Park Consulting & Publishing publishes books and online courses for writers and marketing professionals. Books are available in print, ebook, and audiobook formats from a wide range of retailers. For more information, visit AnneJanzer.com.

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