Is it possible to own your awesome without coming off as complete and total a-hole?
We all know people who are incapable of discussing their accomplishments or accepting a compliment without waxing douche-y. And we also know people who deflect and downplay any positive comment till you want to scream “Fine! I take it back! You’re not actually funny or smart!”
Surely there’s a middle ground, right?
Sally and I both think so. In the above video we talk about how to be confident without seeming like a jerk. If you can’t be bothered to watch it (or don’t want to hear about how I went to the airport on the wrong day four different times) here are our tips:
1. Consider the people you’re interacting with
2. Be funny
3. Return the compliment
4. Express interest in other people
You’re confident and accomplished. That’s awesome! But everybody’s interesting. Ask people questions about themselves.
5. Be open about your own challenges and weaknesses
Even if you’re good at most things, we’ll like you a lot more if you tell that funny story about how you got put in remedial gym class in elementary school.
6. Expect you’ll like people and that they’ll like you
Are you confident? How do you express your confidence without alienating everybody?