Age of Overshare: How TMI Can Actually Get You Ahead

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The Age of Overshare is global. The Age of Overshare is youthful. The Age of Overshare is even how folks get jobs, says Anne Berkowitch in Bloomberg Business Week.

All true. But there are strategies for using that overshare to give you the real edge in the workplace. Here are four of them, all proven out. Think Oprah, Sarah Palin, Bill Clinton, and David Letterman.

Tell people what they want to hear, initially. The formal term for that is "leadership." Leaders persuade others to follow them by tuning in to their minds and hearts, mirroring what's in there, and then moving them along the change continuum. Yes, it's possible and probable to pull the boss into following you.

Listen. Nothing is more disarming amidst Too Much Information than allowing other human beings to overshare to your rapt attention. Research will likely produce a ratio of minutes listening to percentage of objectives achieved.

Remember. Overshare is merged with Attention Deficit Disorder. By locking in your memory bank the content of conversations, vital statistics such as birthdays, and likes such as black coffee with sugar, you can make the world your slave in helping you achieve your professional wish list.

Seem to overshare, but don't. Those who don't overshare are viewed as outsiders. You don't want that. But you want to gain and retain the upper hand professionally by not disclosing TMI about yourself. Reveal what doesn't matter one bit, such as confessing that you told your little sister there was no Santa. (When you were 9.)

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