Have you ever been in a situation, whether it’s at a dinner party or a job interview when the person across from you says…”Tell me about yourself”, and you don’t really know what to say? Do you stumble with your words?
Well you, my friend, might have just lost a sale. The product? You.
This often happens when people are either too nervous or too modest that they don’t know how to sell themselves properly or maybe they just don’t know how!
It’s important to really package yourself and present it to someone in a very confident way. Apple does the same. They package things up really nicely and present to you…and you think it’s the best thing you have seen all day. So don’t be any different!
Here we go.
6 Ways You Can Sell Yourself Better!
1. Dress The Part
How you appear to people and how you are dressed is one of the most important ways of creating a great first impression. The clothes that you wear let the opposite person know how put together and particular you are about yourself. So be sure to make sure you look good, be confident in what you wear, and even get some second opinions on how you dress.
2. Practice Your Pitch
This is one of the vital ingredients of selling yourself. The ‘Elevator Pitch‘. If practiced well, the elevator pitch can open a lot of doors for you. The Elevator Pitch is a 30 second speel about who you are,Â what you are doing, and why you are a person that can help them. List projects you have been working on, talk about relevant accomplishments you have made and use power words to drive your point home. Remember you are trying to make the person interested in what you are saying. So if it’s boring, it will show. Don’t forget, keep eye contact.
3. Be Too Social / Network
Networking is great for developing a personal brand, and selling yourself. Going to dinner parties, events, networking breakfasts and so on, give you a chance to practice your craft, and see how other people pitch themselves to you. If you pitch yourself first, listen to how they do it after and see how you can improve your pitch for the next person, and so on. If you go to these events on a consistent basis, it will seem like second nature when someone asks about you.
4. Be Consistent
Being a person who is consistent is a quality characteristic in selling yourself. If you are consistent both in and out of the ‘zone’ when you are selling yourself, then people will remember and say nice things to others about you. Being consistent will help you establish a reputation, and you want to try to get the best one you can get! Try not to be a loose cannon. If you are consistent and you go through a rough patch, those people who know you are consistent help you if you need it. Â Also, employers and business professionals don’t like people all over the place, they like stability.
5. Learn Power Words
Power words can definitely help sell yourself better. See what I did there? I used the word, ‘definitely’, because that is a one-way street when it comes to saying something. If I used this sentence, ‘Power words can maybe help sell yourself’, there is some uncertainty there, some insecurity. When you are 100% positive about something, don’t use words like, ‘I think’ or ‘maybe’, be strong with your words. If you want to learn some power words, here are some to get you started (Power Words).
6. Use Better Body Language
How someone perceives you and how you sell yourself doesn’t always have to be verbal. Most of the time it’s how you act in front of someone. Body language is key. If you have a closed stance, crossed arms, not facing the person, slouched forward, this can all affect how that person establishes their first impression to you. Be sure you have an open stance, palms up, and stand up straight to project your voice and project yourself in a positive way to that person.
Bonus Tip: Practice in Front of the Mirror
If you are interested in how you look in front of people when telling them your elevator pitch or a short description about yourself, practice in front of the mirror. As silly as this sounds, it works. You notice how you stand, how you maintain eye contact, and more importantly, you see what your body language is like when you talk.
It’s really important to look appealing, acting natural, practicing your speech ahead of time and being consistent. Then it will show them that you are a great and interesting candidate to continue connecting with.
Let me know if you can think of anything else in the comments below!
Thanks for reading.
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