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Learn how to ask for a pay rise

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Build up the confidence to ask for the promotion or pay rise!

Have you ever wondered why some people always seem to get their way at work? It doesn’t matter if it’s a promotion, salary increase or internal move, some seem to get it all. The big question is, how do they do it?

Bookboon authors Jane Stephenson and Anne Galloway found that self-confident people are usually great communicators and they understand the impact of believing in themselves and relying on their abilities. This confidence ultimately creates opportunities for success.

The authors have co-written the ebook “How to ask for what you want at work” which can be downloaded exclusively from The book will not only help you to communicate better with your boss but you will also learn how to say no to extra work, delegate tasks and ask for a pay rise and promotion.

How to get a promotion or pay rise

Most of us find it difficult to approach topics such as a pay rise or promotion with the line manager or CEO. It takes courage to stand up for yourself and in order to keep everything in harmony we sometimes just avoid the topic and get on with other things.

But staying silent about issues will only make us frustrated over a longer period. It is better to take the bull by the horns and talk to your boss. After all, what’s the worst that can happen?

What’s your communication style?

Authors Jane Stephenson and Anne Galloway have identified four communication styles:
1. Go for it!
2. Run away!
3. Yes boss!
4. Let’s trade!

If you are one of those with a strong sense of justice who just goes for it when you think you are right, you are probably communicator type number one. However, if you are addicted to harmony and can’t stand if it if there is even the slightest tension in the air you are most likely part of the “Run away” group. Do you always agree with your boss? Then you belong to the “Yes boss” group. And then there are the traders, always happy to listen and make concessions in order to reach agreement. Last but not least there is the group of “win/win” communicators. Win/win is a step further from the “Let’s trade” and includes two people who are focused on solving the issue rather than beating to other person, with the goal to find a satisfactory solution.

Take action

Now that you have identified your communication style, it is time to take action. Don’t turn into a frustrated employee – try to talk openly to your boss and present your request. Diverting energy into your personal issues will make you enjoy your job more and will also make you more self-confident. Before you approach your boss make a case. Write down what you want and why. Now you need to work on your confidence. Making a list with things you have achieved during your employment and skills that make you unique will help to build up your confidence.
To find more tricks and tips on how to boost your confidence to get ready for the big talk with the boss, download “How to get what you want at workhere!