I once asked my buddy Brendan to describe me in one word.
His answer: gregarious
I would’ve never called myself that. I mostly work from home — all alone — for 8+ hours a day. How could he call me a social butterfly?
Explaineth yourself, Brendan!
“Dude, you love being around people. Whenever you pass up the chance to make a new friend, you regret it — and you always make a party much more fun.”
Wow. I pictured myself as someone totally different (a Gollum-like face with a soothing voice like Barry White), but he was right.
But why couldn’t I see my own charming quality?
The weird thing is, most of us are blind our own best qualities
I notice this every time I read a LinkedIn profile. We sell ourselves terribly short. For example, most people skip the “Honors and awards” section of their LinkedIn profile.
Burn this into your brain:
You DO have honors and awards, and you absolutely need to mention it in your profile.
Since most of us don’t think of ourselves as a New York Times award-winning badasses, we assume that we don’t have anything to put in this section. What a bunch of Fabooty!
You don’t have to lie — or include something lame like pee wee baseball medal that you got in the 3rd grade — but I swear, EVERYONE has had a real honor or award that they can include in their profile.
Not only will you be more impressive for it, you’ll also have a complete LinkedIn profile. This is critical. Your complete profile will be 40X more visible in LinkedIn’s search results.
That’s too good to pass up!
Learn what to do here.