Episode 73: How to Brag Better and Advocate for Yourself with Meredith Fineman

Why We Love Meredith:

Meredith Fineman is an entrepreneur, writer, and podcast host. She recently released her first book, Brag Better: Master the Art of Fearless Self-Promotion (with Penguin Random House), which became an Amazon bestseller. Brag Better is a guide to self-advocacy for highly competent professionals who struggle to communicate their accomplishments to others. 

Meredith is the founder and CEO of FinePoint, a leadership and professional development company that elevates individuals, from young professionals to CEOs. She is a freelance writer of fifteen years and a book collaborator, with bylines from Harvard Business Review to Forbes, Fast Company, and more. She speaks and trains on the power of self-promotion to companies, brands, universities, and groups. She created and hosts It Never Gets Old, a podcast on secondhand and sustainable fashion. 

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On the Pod, We Discuss:

  • Why Meredith decided to write Brag Better after realizing women in particular struggle to talk about themselves
  • Why it’s difficult to talk about our accomplishments, especially for what she calls The Qualified Quiet
  • Why imposter syndrome and the fear of knowing enough creeps in more when you have a higher level of self awareness 
  • How old stories and situations can impact your relationship with talking about yourself
  • How bragging better is related to privilege and the need to uplift other voices
  • Why bragging can be a tool to advance your career and advocate for yourself
  • How self-promotion can be more challenging during the pandemic
  • The core messages of Brag Better and how to put the tactics into practice
  • The elements of a good brag, and some of the key phrases to use or exclude
  • Handling rejection and criticism
  • How bragging better intersects with money
  • Why promoting yourself and advocating for your career is a tactical skill set, not solely about mindset
  • Why bragging better is a team sport and how to lift up other voices 
  • And much more

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