The art of self-promotion is more important than you think. When it comes to self-promotion, often times you will hear people make comments like: “I don’t want to be a self-promoter or He/She is just a self-promoter.” Self-promotion is seen as some negative or derogatory thing. If I ask you to think of some self-promoters, you will come up with names like Chuck Norris, Donald Trump, P. Diddy. I would argue that we are all self-promoters, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Self-promoter and even Jesus Was A Self-Promoter. Check these definitions of self-promotion:
Self-promotion: A message issued by or on behalf of a person. Encouragement of the progress or growth or acceptance of a person.
Every time you have an interaction with anyone whether be online or in person, you are promoting yourself. You are promoting a message online, at church, at work, in your business, at your kids school, at Starbucks, in your commercials, on your business cards, your life, your handshake, your swag, your non-verbal communication, your vibe, interaction with others… The bottom line is that you’re issuing a message about yourself, by yourself in everything that you do.
The sky is not falling Chicken Little, Everything Is Not Doom and Gloom and Self-promotion does not have to be viewed as pejorative. You’re A Self Promoter… Like It Or Not! Jesus Was A Self-Promoter and today He is still in the business of promoting grace, mercy and redemption.
The question is not whether you’re a self-promoter, but rather “What are you promoting?” Are you promoting the good stuff? Florida Quarterback Tim Tebow has been called a Self-promoter, take a look at his picture at the top of this blog post and look at his highly promoted eyeblack; he’s definitely promoting something (John 3:16) and it’s the good stuff. Are you promoting the good stuff?
Was Jesus a Self-Promoter? Why is Self-Promotion viewed negatively? Share your thoughts on Self-promotion!