Now Reading

I’m now reading You, Inc.  It’s about selling yourself.

From what I gather, it’s reiterating what I’ve heard and read about in the past:

  • Listen to what people say
  • Show up on time for meetings
  • Be short and sweet in your speeches (includes interview stories)
  • Treat people with respect
  • Be polite
  • Master one skill well (even if you have a large skill set)
  • Use body language properly
  • Set goals to learn about yourself and others
  • Motivate people with your speaking
  • Moderate your speech to match your audience (especially important in interviews)
  • Believe what you’re selling
  • Do what you love
  • Etc.

I’m glad I got the book from the library.  Paying 25 bucks for a book that can be finished in one day and tell you what you already know is a little uneconomical.

Anyway, I decided to try it (because I need help selling myself, and no, that doesn’t mean what you may think it means…).  It’s not a bad book, but it’s too easy to read.  It moves along with huge type, short paragraphs, bullets and major points bolded at the end of each section.  Not a bad idea, but it screams “You can’t read small print, nor digest difficult ideas, so I’m going to simplify things for you!!”.

I guess I don’t like being talked down to in a book.  It was written for business majors, I guess…  Inference your own ideas here…  Heh.

I guess it seems a little vague.  The book promises to tell you what you need to know about selling yourself, but it accomplishes nothing.  All you end up reading are a bunch of generalities that make you nod and go, “Yes, I need to do that”, but it doesn’t really motivate you to change.

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