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I don’t know who needs to hear it, but people can spot humblebragging a mile away. So, rather than trying to downplay your achievements and skills, it's better to speak about them openly and confidently. Of course, there is a reason people see bragging in a negative light, but in certain cases, it is important to acknowledge your accomplishments, which are essential for your growth.

However, due to the fear of being perceived as narcissistic, people tend to exchange it for something more modest while still seeking validation. These occurrences don’t go unnoticed and end up being shared on the r/humblebrag subreddit. Hopefully, these examples will teach us to strike a balance between recognizing our accomplishments and being humble.

Let's aim to communicate confidently, honestly, and with authenticity.

To learn more about where it is acceptable to brag and how to do it appropriately, Bored Panda got in touch with Peggy Klaus, the author of two best-selling books, BRAG! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It and The Hard Truth About Soft Skills: Workplace Lessons Smart People Wish They’d Learned Sooner. Read the full interview below.

More info: peggyklaus.com | Facebook | Twitter

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A Wholesome Humble Brag, But A Humble Brag Nonetheless

A Wholesome Humble Brag, But A Humble Brag Nonetheless

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hahahahahah okay I feel like we should normalize talking about our qualities the same way we do about our flaws

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As one of America’s most sought-after communication and leadership experts, Peggy emphasized the importance of distinguishing between good and bad bragging behaviors and explained how good bragging can be appropriate and effective in various situations. “I want to be clear that talking about yourself does not imply arrogance or boastfulness. That is a result of bad bragging behaviors such as talking incessantly, never asking about others, interrupting, bringing the conversation back to you, condescending, exaggerating, and lying, among others. Good bragging is subtle and seamlessly works its way into business and social interactions. And there are many situations where you should be bragging, the good way: conferences and networking events, friends’ parties (you never know who might be looking for a great employee), interviews, and performance reviews. With the latter, you should be fully prepared with a robust collection of information about your work, goals, achievements, and things your clients and colleagues have said about you. If you have received your review prior to a conversation with your boss, make sure you address their feedback,” wrote Peggy Klaus.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Haha I know right, some people just carry condiments around and have their car keys sticking out of their purse upside down.

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Lots of individuals, due to the stigma of bragging, might seem unable to promote themselves. If you, too, experience this, Peggy advises reframing the perception of bragging. “First, you have to be open to letting go of the old perception of BRAG as a four-letter word and reframe it as taking pride in yourself. Just like you tell others you love to be proud of yourself, you need to do that for yourself. And then BRAG, the good way: share something truthful about yourself, either personally or professionally, in an energetic and conversational manner which creates interest and excitement in your audience.”

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I speak american, australian, english and british, but I don't think that's enough :((((

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I Am So Grateful

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This isn't a humble brag at all, just straight up obnoxious. I'm sure they'd appreciate it if you took your a*s back inside and let them do their job.

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However, Peggy, like many others, expressed her dislike for humblebragging and encouraged individuals to own and express their accomplishments with confidence. She wrote: “I find humblebragging to be annoying because what the person really wants to say is 'I’m really pleased and proud of this accomplishment' but instead frames it with 'faux shyness': Example: 'It was embarrassing (but cool too) to be singled out yesterday by our CEO for my work with Girls Inc.'”

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“Instead, own it and say 'It was wonderful to be acknowledged yesterday by our CEO in our town hall for the work my team and I do with Girls Inc. Thank you, (CEO name).'”

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So you're incredibly intelligent but can't spell or use proper grammar? And how in the hell do you get a car and college tuition by using just words?

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There are various myths surrounding bragging, which can lead to individuals resorting to humblebragging or failing to acknowledge their accomplishments altogether. “There are so many misconceptions, or what I call 'bragging myths' that result from our cultural, religious, and familial backgrounds: if you do good work, you will be recognized and rewarded, it’s a sin, it’s not nice, nice girls don’t do it, people won’t like you, etc. The truth is that if you don’t let people know about your successes, the obstacles you’ve overcome, and your value to the company, you will stall and/or derail your career. I have seen too many people passed over for stretch assignments, promotions, and bonuses because they didn’t let people know.”

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“Identifying the bragging myths that you are holding on to is the first step in addressing them: your reticence to talking about yourself. Then, follow the steps in the book for creating brag bites, bragologues, fly-bys, and a brag bag so that you can be ready when the situation calls for it,” shared Peggy.

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...i Found One In The Wild...

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

not to brag but i have PERFECTED bad dancing it’s almost like i can’t even do good dancing

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It Is So Difficult Being Such A Milf!

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not everyone wants to f**k you, get over yourself. However, women do deserve to get to walk on a beach without getting harassed.

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Being unable to brag is a problem many people face; however, women, people of color, LGBTQ+, and neuro-diverse individuals face additional challenges. “In my 20 years of teaching thousands of people the art of bragging, I have found many men who have difficulty bragging. Yet, women, people of color, LGBTQ+, and the neuro-diverse face even greater challenges with self-promotion due to conscious and unconscious bias and a narrower band of acceptable behavior and communication. In addition to exploring their own personal barriers, these communities must discern their organization’s attitude toward self-promotion, and create short, pithy entertaining communications (I call these bragologues and fly-bys) that will resonate with their audiences,” shared Peggy.

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Does This Count?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If this is true, you need help for talking about it online and she needs help dealing with her insecurities.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The only way this could be more fake and more cringe is if he was talking about how he only wears baggy pants, because he doesn't want girls or guys to see his huge bulge in tight pants

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And lastly but not least, Peggy shares her excitement that you might be interested in. “I am very excited about my new program, “Bragging beyond Bias,” Stepping up, Speaking up and Succeeding as your true self.” All of us face biases, but for people of color, women, LGBTQ and the neuro-diverse, self-promotion comes with even greater challenges. Participants learn how to attract and retain a diverse group of associates, build an effective culture of celebrating accomplishments, and become a champion for setting open collaborative environments.”

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#19

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No, you're giving off incel vibes. "I don't attract them because I give off lion/daddy energy" sure buddy, that's why.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aw poor you, with your sponsors, simps, and the piles of cash you make for doing basically nothing.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Alaskan here. WHY WOULD YOU ONLY BRING A HOODIE TO AN ALASKAN WINTER? also it looks like your mushing? PLEASE NEVER COME BACK WE DON'T CLAIM YOU.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Happened to me. I am 45 and was at a restaurant and ordered a drink and the waitress asked for my id. As I handed it over I asked if I really look that young and she replied “I just wanted to see if you qualified for the seniors discount.”

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Damn, Ed, That Must Be So Hard For You...

Damn, Ed, That Must Be So Hard For You...

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tbh I don't get the random hate towards Ed Sheeran, he has similar songs just like many artists out there. Romantic pop songs, is that really that bad? Same with james blunt

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He’s Learning How To Be Humble

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Admittedly, I used to be like this. I'm ashamed now and it's super cringey

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

F**k you Elon, and f**k anyone who stands with you. I can't believe people are still fighting for him like he's not one of the biggest morons I've ever see.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This can also not be a humble brag and more of a response to something. It is true, people that are naturally good at stuff can give up easily cause they aren't used to failing (and that's not a comfy feeling)

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From A Adventure Motorcycle Group On Fb. Original Post Was Asking People To Post Pictures Of Their Moto Related Tattoos

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you're paid for it. Remember haemophiliacs like me were infected with blood bought in America because it wasn't an altruistic aft to give blood, rather than sell it

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Reddit Can You Tell Me Why I’m So Hot And Irresistible??

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Out of pity. Maybe the way you stoop when walking suggests you have a massive package but it's just inbred scoliosis. Fighting off your sisters must be tough

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Yep, That Will Definitely Help

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Putting your missing organs back in your body might help you sleep even better! (this is a photoshop fail pic).

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Truly In Awe Of This Legendary Humblebrag

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"After I demanded" just immediately makes you a d**k head. The staff aren't your servants, and you aren't somebody.

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I’m Just Too Nice It’s Socially Unacceptable

I’m Just Too Nice It’s Socially Unacceptable

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Even though this is an obvious flex, they're not wrong about it being socially shunned to spend time with the outdoor dwellers. You get some weird looks. And sometimes being seen and treated as an equal human is better than a dollar tossed on the way past (which is still much better than being yelled at)

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Was this back when having a Tesla was cool? Do you even have a Tesla? It doesn't cost that much, like damn

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My best friend trained her dog to open the fridge and screwed plastic bottles. That dude would literally be more lost in the kitchen than a pet.

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