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This effortless and unapologetic approach to self-promotion will manage your anxiety and allow you to champion yourself.

Does talking about your accomplishments feel scary or icky because you're worried people will think you're "obnoxious"? 

Does it feel more natural to "put your head down and do the work"? 

Are you tired of watching the loudest people in your industry get disproportionate praise and rewards? 

If you answered "Yes" to any of the above, you might be self-sabotaging. You need to learn to brag better. Meredith Fineman has built a career working with "The Qualified Quiet": smart people who struggle to talk about themselves and thus go underestimated or unrecognized. Now, she shares the surefire and anxiety-proof strategies that have helped her clients effectively communicate their achievements and skill sets to others. 

Bragging better doesn't require false bravado, talking over people, or pretending to be more qualified than you are. Instead, Fineman advocates finding quiet confidence in your opinions, abilities, and background and then turning up the volume. 

In this audiobook, you will learn the career-changing tools she's developed over the past decade that make bragging feel easy, including: 

  • Get remembered by focusing your personal brand and voice on key adjectives (like "effective, subtle, and edgy").
  • Practice explaining what you do in simple, sticky terms to earn respect and recognition from the public and people at work. 
  • Eliminate words that undermine your work and find better ones - like your bio saying you're "trying" or "attempting" to do something instead that you are doing it. 

If you're ready to begin bragging better - to start telling the truth about your accomplishments with grace and confidence - this audiobook is for you. 

©2020 Meredith Fineman (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Hard to listen to

I listened to the first 100 minutes of this book but I couldn’t take any more feminist men bashing!! She just keeps repeating the same BS about how men are great at bragging and women need to speak up more. Making that point once would have been ok but the same thing for 100 minutes!!

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  • SAE
  • 04-07-2020

A very motivating and helpful book

I learned a lot from this book. It really changed the way I think about the importance of speaking up. The author provides really helpful insights from her experience as a publicist. The fact that she is vulnerable and shares so many stories about when she messed up helped me feel better about my mistakes and feel less afraid about trying, failing, and trying again. I'm an academic and, when it comes to public writing, I often think there is someone more established who can say it with more impact than I can. This book helped me unlearn that! I finished the book on Sunday and I wrote my first op ed this week! As a Black woman, I appreciated the fact that the author talks about race and gender in the book. I was also very happy to see so much discussion of disability, which is really rare.

There were some things about the book that bothered me, but they didn't overshadow everything it offered:
1) I wish the author made clear that the book is for professionals and people who want to have a significant public voice. It's fine to have a book that is directed at a specific audience but if you don't say it, it seems like you're suggesting that the book is for everyone, which it is not. Everyone is not upper middle class. The effect is that a person who does not have a professional career or public ambitions will try to listen to it and be understandably annoyed by all of the references to being on TV and "moving from 6 figures to 7 figures. " That said, there are a lot of skills here that are useful to everyone, but they would have to be packaged differently.
2) While I appreciate the discussion of race, it was limited to a diversity and inclusion framework. Diversity and Inclusion are not racial justice. Similarly, she writes that women and POC have a long way to go to catch up. An underlying assumption in the writing is that whites and men will always dominate. The problem isn't that we need to catch up. The problem is that we need systemic social change. Of course, this is not a book about making systemic social change. But, it is irritating when the author suggests that by bragging better, we can get our voices heard, and then all would be well. That is simply not the case.

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  • Brittney Allen
  • 08-04-2021

Excellent Read

Fantastic book! I will definitely read again and again! You're right my dreams can become my reality!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-2021

Brag Review

Good learning and perspective. The narrator kept my interest in learning more. Language was a little sharp at times and was a turnoff.

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  • Josue
  • 07-09-2021

Not my cup of tea...

Would like my money back.
Her bragging is annoying. Did too much talking and not much teaching. I believe the meat and potatoes Could have been written in 2 chapters .

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  • Michael Donnelly
  • 06-08-2021

Get it

Get it.
It's a mix of resourceful, fulfilling, affirmative, educational, relatable, and funny... with real examples and tangible takeaways.

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  • Jeff M.
  • 08-06-2021

OK Baizuo...

Hate filled leftist in her echo chamber. Nothing of value. Author is an oppressor and a victim all in the first few minutes. OK Baizuo!

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  • ZZZ
  • 09-03-2021

Helpful book for women who struggle to speak up

Well read, easy to follow book with helpful advice for getting your voice out there in a professional context. Would recommend to other women who find it hard to be heard at work and want to do something about it.

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