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Tooting Your Own Horn



Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Well, I don’t know if they’re just like you, but they’re questions. You ready? Here we go.

Mike, recently I learned that I was selected to receive a prestigious award later this year. I am not one that likes a lot of attention, especially when it is directed towards me. So I’m torn with mixed emotions. I’m sure that my emotions are going to cause me to be overwhelmed during the actual presentation in front of over 800 people or more. What are your thoughts on sharing recognition and not coming off as tooting my own horn?


Don’t talk about it. Here’s the deal. You’re getting recognized in front of 800 people, you’re obviously kind of all that, in some way. So I think the way that you acknowledge your recognition is to be gracious and to share your recognition on social media. If you’re recognized inside of a company, I’m sure they’ll do that for you. Don’t worry about getting emotional, people tend to get emotional when they’re recognized in a big way.

But I think the biggest thing that you want to keep in mind is that not tooting your own horn just simply means not going around wearing it on your shoulder. Unless of course it’s a patch on your shoulder… because maybe you’re in the military and this would be a very awkward question to answer.

So, anytime I get recognized, which has probably only been once in my whole life, I just don’t bring it up and talk about it. It’s in my bio, it’s in the background information, that kind of thing. So, enjoy it, absorb it, be massively gracious about it. And the way you don’t toot your own horn is not to toot your own horn.

Hope that’s helpful, this is Mondays with Mike. If you have a question, fill out the form below! I’d love to hear from you, take care.

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