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Mastering the Art of Promotion: How to Sell Without Selling Yourself Short

In my years of coaching professionals on how to effectively speak and sell from the stage, I’ve noticed that one of the most challenging aspects for many is the promotion of their own products or services. It’s here where the delicate balance of self-promotion becomes crucial.

However, self-promotion doesn’t have to be a dreaded part of your presentation. In fact, when done right, it can be engaging, constructive, and incredibly rewarding.

The Struggle with Self-Promotion

Many of my clients express concerns about how they come across during self-promotion. Common worries include:

  • “I don’t want to boast.”
  • “What if they think I’m arrogant?”
  • “I’m uncomfortable talking about myself.”
  • “What if they think I’m just trying to sell them something?”


These fears are understandable but stem from a common misconception: confusing self-promotion with boasting.

True self-promotion is not about inflating your ego or bragging; it’s about sharing your passion and the value you can offer in a way that genuinely connects with your audience.

Self-Promotion as a Constructive Tool

Proper self-promotion focuses on your skills, your dedication, and the benefits your product or service offers. It is an essential skill that, when mastered, allows you to convey how your expertise can resolve the challenges faced by your audience. This form of promotion connects rather than repels, drawing your audience closer through relatability and trust.

Four Basic Steps to Effective Promotion

To help demystify the process and set you on the path to effective promotion, here are four fundamental steps to keep in mind:

  1. Create and Deliver Value: Start by ensuring your product or service genuinely offers something beneficial. Share insights or parts of your solution freely. This builds trust and establishes you as a helpful authority in your field.
  2. Illustrate the Problem: Often, people are unaware of the problems they face until they are highlighted by someone else. Describe the challenges your audience may be facing and show how these issues manifest in their lives. This increases awareness and makes your offering more relevant.
  3. Explain How You Can Help: Once the problem is clear, articulate how your solution works. Detail the specific ways in which your product or service can address the issue. This helps your audience visualize the benefits and facilitates understanding.
  4. Offer the Solution: Conclude with a strong call to action. This is your moment to offer them the chance to engage further with your solution. Remember, selling is also serving; without your help, their problem could persist.

 Promotion as a Skill

Like any skill, effective promotion requires practice and preparation. It’s normal to feel awkward at first, but with time, promoting yourself and your offerings can become a natural and integral part of your presentations.

If you’re looking to refine your promotional skills or want to become more comfortable with self-promotion, I’m here to help. My experience has equipped me with strategies to help professionals promote themselves confidently and naturally.

Feel free to reach out through my website at www.DennisCummins.com or set up some time to talk on my calendar- www.SpeakwithDennis.com

By embracing these principles, you’ll not only improve your promotional skills but also enhance your overall impact as a business owner.

Remember, effective promotion isn’t about selling—it’s about sharing your passion and providing value that improves lives.

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