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
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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