Chapter 4

Talking about Yourself

The Fine Lines around Boasting, Bragging, Belittling, and Begrudging

By now, you should have a nice set of stories about how awesome you are. This chapter is about convincing other people that you are awesome, too. There is a lot more about this process than can be covered here, so please check out the Resources section for more detail.

There are, however, two main rules.

1. Being awesome takes practice.

2. Too much practice shifts awesome into awful.

These rules are, clearly, in opposition to one another. The hardest part about telling stories is to make them sound good but unrehearsed. If you have no acting experience, it is best to err on the side of under-rehearsal, as it’s hard to back it down from overdoing ...

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