I know.

We’ve all had enough of “Pivot.”

I’m sorry if it’s bringing up covid-induced PTSD.

But the word PIVOT really is perfect for some scenarios.


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Say, for example, when you want to share a strength or accomplishment without sounding like a conceited jerk.

By the way, if you’re concerned about sounding like a conceited jerk, then chances are you do NOT.  It’s those folks for whom this doesnt even cross their mind that should be reading this advice!

Here’s my advice: State your strength or accomplishment, then pivot and elaborate on something else. 

This week I’m going to give you three specific suggestions for what you might elaborate on. 

When I was prepping for my latest podcast episode, I made a list of several ways we can pivot, and I realized they fall into three categories. (I know, I know.  Always “the power of 3”!.

Let’s Talk About 3 ways to pivot.

 

3 Ways To Pivot:

1. Pivot to what you’ve learned
2. Pivot to other people
3. Pivot to gratitude

 

1️⃣ Pivot to what you’ve learned

 

The first way that you might pivot is to what you learned. Typically, this is what I do when I tell a potential client about my harvard degree (a.k.a. “The “H bomb”) without sounding arrogant:

“I earned my doctoral degree from Harvard Busioness School, where my research focused on interpersonal communication and consumer psychology. I was – and I still am – obsessed with understanding why people say what they say. What I learned through my research was …”

Another example might be when you’re talking about a recent promotion. You could say,

 “I’ve had the privilege of learning from some exceptional mentors along the way.“

A bonus or benefit of pivoting to what you learned is that you’re highlighting a growth mindset without saying so. Something like:

 “I’ve LEARNED a lot from the challenges that have come my way…”
or
“Through failures (like X), I’ve learned valuable LESSONS that shaped my strengths.”  

Or you could even be self-deprecating, focusing on what you still have to learn. Something like:

”I may be good at leading teams through transformation, but my tech skills could use a boost.  Just ask anyone on my team!”

 

2️⃣ Pivot to other people

 

Another way of articulating your strengths is by recognizing the other people who helped along the way to your situation, promotion, award or accomplishment. You can say, 

“I am grateful to be named Salesperson of the Year. The team’s collective effort inspired me and played a significant role in helping me reach this goal.”
or
“It’s incredible how our group’s dedication made this project a success.” 

By including others, you demonstrate your accomplishment AND you show that you recognize and value the support and contributions of those around you.

 

3️⃣ Pivot to gratitude

 

This is about being gracious in your statements and where humility comes in.  (Remember from last week….humility, not humble…) 

You could say:

“I appreciate how … “
or
“I am grateful for the opportunities and the people who have supported me.”

For this one, use the words “thankful” or “appreciate” or “grateful.”  You get the idea. 

Articulate your strength or accomplishment, then pivot to show your gratitude.

There you go – 3 Ways to Pivot When Articulating Your Strengths this week:

1️⃣ Pivot to what you’ve learned 
2️⃣ Pivot to include other people
3️⃣ Pivot to show gratitude 

If you get a chance to try these out, let me know how it goes!

For more on articulating your strenghts, check out this week’s podcast episode #143 on Apple, Spotify, Youtube, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Have a great week

 

Talk soon,