Gail Kasper, Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker
One of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do is ask your boss for that promotion you want. Just thinking about it might raise your blood pressure and increase your heart rate! But rest assured, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as it seems, especially when you follow my advice:
1. Make Sure You Deserve It. Before your boss promotes you, you have to earn it. Take a good, objective look at your performance these past several months. Have you given at least a hundred percent? Have you professionally performed all that your job requires of you? Have you gone above and beyond what’s expected of you? You stand a much better chance of getting a promotion when you add a touch of excellence to everything you do in the workplace. You can be certain that managers are watching, and they know who arrives early and who gets there late, who works efficiently and who wastes time. If you haven’t been doing your best, then take at least a month to get into shape. Do your job conscientiously and with passion. Give your boss a reason to say “yes!” when you ask for a promotion.
2. Plan, Prepare, and Rehearse. When you approach your boss you’ll need loads of confidence; what better way to achieve that confidence than through preparation? Plan what you’re going to say. Write it down and rehearse it, over and over again. Prepare yourself mentally for whatever the answer may be, and have several responses of your own ready (be sure to practice these as well). Plan what you’re going to wear, how and when you’ll approach your boss, and what relaxation tricks you’ll use to keep calm regardless of what happens. Practice in front of the mirror. The more prepared you are, the better you’ll do.
3. Just Do It! After you’ve carefully planned, prepared, and rehearsed, you’re ready to go. No need to wait or hesitate now – just do it! Go for it and don’t hold back. Approach your boss with a big smile, a winning presence, and a pleasant demeanor. Proceed with confidence. You deserve this promotion!
If you’ve done everything in your power to get a promotion but the answer is “no,” don’t despair. Ask for a detailed explanation. If the response is that you need to improve in certain areas, then set up a follow up date to readdress the situation and get to work so that next time, you can show the progress you’ve made. Repeat the steps I’ve outlined above. Keep asking until the answer is a resounding yes!
About Gail Kasper:
Mid-1998, Gail Kasper started her business from a small one-bedroom apartment, with no money and no clients. Today, Gail is the host of the late-night television show Raw Reality, one of the nation's leading speakers, author, Top 1% Club Mentor, advice columnist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Ms. Continental America 2008, and the creator of SAD-T™ (Systematic Attitude Development- Technique™). A former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine with the "Ask Gail" column and host of the "Ask Gail" segment on the Comcast morning show, Gail is the author of her self-help autobiography Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment To Total Empowerment and the self-help parable Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps To Achieve Your Goals. With national media appearances that include Inside Edition, The Today Show, FOX Business News, and Oprah and Friends, Gail has earned the ranking of an in-demand national media personality who has been the topic of discussion on Regis and Kelly. Also, the current host of the Philadelphia Visitors Channel, she has also made numerous appearances on network affiliates that include ABC, FOX, CW11, Comcast, and CBS, where she co-hosted the Emmy award- winning America's TVJobNetwork. www.gailkasper.com
This article is courtesy of the Top 1% Club and the Top 1% Club Mentor Gail Kasper. For additional information on Gail Kasper, her television appearances and speaking engagements, please visit gailkasper.com.