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So what should you do if you are interested in communicating your talents to others without coming across as a show-off? Speak about your passion rather than your skills. If you have good people skills, you will avoid interrupting the interviewers, or speaking for too long.
And if you want others to believe that you have good learning ability, then talk about concrete difficult problems you have solved or niche expertise you have acquired. One reason for this elusive nature of talent is that it is quite easy to fake, especially when people are deceived about their own talents. Indeed, fooling others is much easier when you have managed to fool yourself.
Unsurprisingly, narcissists and psychopaths can interview really well. Another reason is that those in charge of evaluating talent are not as talented at it as they thinkso they over-rely on their intuition and misinterpret key als: e. So what should you do if you are interested in communicating your talents to others without coming across as a show-off or as being somewhat deluded? Here are four simple suggestions to consider:.
That said, it is essential that you keep it brief. We are living in an age of short attention spans. The risk here is that you get so immersed in your answer that people stop paying attention to what you are saying and make assumptions about your lack of brevity. This could work against you: people who talk too much about themselves are often perceived as self-centered, arrogant, or even narcissistic. It is also likely that if you big up your achievements too much while not being sufficiently specific or concrete, your audience will assume you are exaggerating.
It is therefore best to quantify any relevant experience and get to the point quickly: e. Speak about your passion rather than your skills: For some reason, it is OK to be enthusiastic about your interests and passions, but not so much about your talents.
Focus on your potential: Recent research suggests that, when it comes to judging others, we are more interested in their future than their past. Thus you can help others speculate about your own future—and place a bet on your talents—by describing the key qualities of your potential. Psychological reviews indicate that there are three main areas to discuss: learning ability, drive, and people skills. Fortunately, talking about these qualities will not be regarded as a blatant attempt to show off, and employers themselves are aware of how important these traits are, for they largely decide whom to employ and promote based on these qualities.
The key, however, is not to make generic self-promotional statements — e. For example, if you have good people skills, you will avoid interrupting the interviewers, speaking for too long, or showing off. Note that while these examples highlight past accomplishments they will invite people to infer your potential and therefore make inferences about your future performance.
Turn your fans into advocates: Ultimately, your reputation is made of what others not you think of you. It is therefore obvious that you are better off being promoted by others than promoting yourself. While references—such as recommendation letters—are a poor predictor of future performance, they can still play a very important role in determining your success.
The right things said by the right person to the right person will matter more than any objective indicator of talent. You should therefore treasure your supporters as much as you can.
Moreover, if you can turn your mentors and fans into advocates, you will not have to work as hard to promote yourself. Your reputation will always have a bright and a dark side. Turn the custodians of your bright side reputation into your brand ambassadors and opportunities will flourish, especially if your dark side is not public. Even in countries that are largely similar, the same behaviors will be celebrated in one place, but punished in another.
For example, what may come across as normal self-presentation in the U. However, even when the als or apparent s may change, in pretty much every culture people will look for the same thing—namely, for people who appear to actually have some talent. You have 1 free article s left this month. You are reading your last free article for this month. Subscribe for unlimited access. Business communication. Use concrete examples, not generic statements. on Business communication or related topics Job search and Job interviews.
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