Sharing your Accolades

Many speakers struggle with how much of their background they should share before it starts sounding boastful.  It is important to share some of your accolades to build credibility. The key is how you share it that makes the difference.  As the audience members listen they will be asking themselves, “Why should I be listening to this person?” or “How did this person get the right to speak on that topic?”

Somewhere in your message you want to help answer those questions. Here are some suggestions on how to do that effectively but gracefully.

1) Spread it throughout your message. Instead of giving your complete background and credentials at the front, spread it throughout your message as is appropriate to different points you make. eg. “This next tool is one I picked up when I worked as the National Sales Manager with …”

2) Share one or two failures before you share accolades. This not only helps build credibility and trust but doesn’t make it come across as boasting when you do share your accolades.

3) Put the process on the pedestal before the person.  When talking about wins, put it in the context of processes that helped you make that win to avoid putting yourself on the pedestal. eg. “I found myself surrounded by extremely creative people and it was their constant influence that helped stimulate my own innovation and contributed to my success.”

4) Share your accolades through others. This is where testimonials can play a huge role. Whether it is part of a story you share or a live testimonial, both are excellent ways to let the audience know why they should trust in what you are saying.


Try these four ways to sharing your background and observe the difference it makes in how others receive you.


Keep letting the REAL  U…..Speak Through!


Lisa Vanderkwaak M.Sc.

Certified  World Class Speaking Coach

REAL U Institute™

“Equipping You to Communicate with Passion, Purpose & Transformational Impact”

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