6 Ways to Promote Yourself without Being Slimy

Businessman Speaking Through MegaphoneWhether they are employees or entrepreneurs, introverts and creative types often have trouble promoting themselves. It’s that fear of being too pushy or just coming across as being slimy.

However, if you don’t tell people what you do and what makes you stand out, why would they hire you? I think the problem is that people assume they have to push, when actually you want to be doing things that pull people to you. It’s all part of personal branding.

Have you ever met someone at an event who dominated the entire conversation, keep badgering you with his special offers, or even grabbed your phone to put his app on it? Don’t be that guy! Here are 6 things that you can do instead:

1. Write copy that’s encouraging, engaging, or funny. Make people want to know more.
2. Post different types of things at different times. Constantly saying things like “Buy my stuff!” or “Sign up for my services now!” gets really old. Pictures and sayings work well.
3. Mix up your elevator pitch. Tell people the results they can expect and your “why”.
4. The same applies to your LinkedIn profile and other social media accounts.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want! Whether it’s a certain salary or a call to action, you don’t ask, you don’t get.
6. If someone talks you up – pay it forward! Post, share, retweet, etc.

Is self-promotion tripping you up? Feel free to leave a comment below:

Dori Staehle is the Chief Encouragement Officer and Rhythm Maker at Rock the Next Stage. She helps creative types get unstuck and move their talent or their business onto the next stage and can also help alleviate ADHD symptoms naturally. Dori is also a motivational speaker, drum therapist, and author of a forthcoming book about overcoming adversity and starting a creative business on a shoestring. If you’re ready to move forward, contact Dori for a complimentary, 30-min. consult.

2 thoughts on “6 Ways to Promote Yourself without Being Slimy

  1. Good for you, Katrina! Yes, learning how to speak up and stand out are vital tools. Creatives are notorious for not being able to promote themselves effectively, but this can be overcome. Thanks for commenting! If you’d like more free, weekly tips, I send out a newsletter every Tuesday night (EST). If you’re not getting it and you’d like to, feel free to sign up! I usually do a story with some tips. 🙂

  2. Thank you for the great tips! As a naturally shy person, it can be hard to promote yourself to others. Over time, I have learned to overcoming my shyness (or at least hide it) by jumping in feet first and just talking to people. It’s still hard at times, but it’s something you have to do if you want people to hire you for freelance work.

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