• Hate your boss?
• Suck at interviewing?
• Deserve a promotion?
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• Have ISSUES?

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Through brutal honesty and concrete advice, the Reluctant Genius effectively helps you manage all aspects of your job and career. With 18 years of experience in Hollywood, the RG has figured out how to make it to the top AND SURVIVE, somewhat unscathed.

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Think of it this way: O.J. so believed his own bullshit that he was able to sell it to a large portion of the population. There are still people to this very day who believe him when he says he didn't kill Nicole. Yes, this is a grim example, but you can use this notion IN A GOOD WAY. This example just goes to show the power of believing your own b.s.. If YOU believe it, THEY'LL believe it.

The beauty of YOUR story is, chances are, that what you THINK is b.s. really isn't. It's just that you haven't found the part of your voice that's strong enough to say it outLOUD to the people who need to hear it.

I'll give you specific examples, but I'll protect my hyper-sensitive clients with pseudonyms. Your job, as you read this, is to follow my prompts and say outLOUD whatever I tell you to. Ready? Go!

Let's take Rachella* (name changed to protect self-esteem): She is a very talented TV producer who has a hard time saying that she's a very talented TV producer. Let's use just this one stumbling block as STEP #1. It seems basic, but we've gotta start somewhere.

Say outLOUD 3 times:

I am a very talented___________________________!
(this could be "accountant," "artist," "father," "writer," "janitor," "dogwalker," whatever. Just fill it in and SAY it.)

How did you feel when you said it?
Like a liar? Embarrassed? Get over it. Chances are you have talent in something relevant to whatever it is you're going after or you wouldn't be going after it.

Did your voice trail off at the end of your statement?
If it did, you don't believe what you're saying. Say it again and don't let it trail off. If you didn't trail off, you're on your way to believing!

Did you smile when you said it?
If you didn't, say it again and smile as you say it. When you add a smile it adds a sense of humility. You can praise yourself outLOUD and tell people you're the greatest thing since slided bread and still sound humble. Sound crazy? It's not. (O.J. smiled all the time and you can, too! OK. I'm kidding. I'm kidding.)

This doesn't mean that you're going to walk into an interview and blurt out, "I'm a very talented ___________," although I wouldn't say you'd NEVER do that, but we'll save that for a more advanced exercise. First, you just have to hear yourself say outLOUD something that simple yet powerful.

You must learn to LOCK THIS INTO YOUR BRAIN. You'll need to pull this out whenever you're feeling small in a meeting, overshadowed by a co-worker, unqualified in an interview, minimized by a boss, or any situation you feel uncomfortable in. Imagine your foot is on an air-pump and when you start to feel anything-less-than-fabulous, start pumping yourself up with air. See, it's bullshit, but it's really not. Air is just air, but you're pumping yourself up with truth.

So, just for today, practice saying your talents (yes, multiple) outLOUD. I guarantee you have many, so try 'em all on for size and see how they fit. Make a list of everything you come up with because that's what you're going to be working with as you go through this process.

MORAL: Start bullshitting. Start believing. Start selling.

LAURA INGRAM -- "DON'T COME IN MY EAR" -- This sums up life in TV



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Tracy has a way of teaching you something without pointing her finger, being condescending or coming at it from a “I know it all” attitude, because frankly she doesn’t and nobody does, but she admits it, and that is what makes her “real” and most certainly approachable! Tracy has a way with words and people, truly a gift and surely something that can’t be taught, but she treats you like her equal. She has always been my boss, never vice versa but it’s always seemed as though we were fighting the same battle and we were at war side by side. (read more...)

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