IMPRESS YOUR BOSS IN 30 SECONDS OR LESS

19 Jan

OFFER A SOLUTION, NOT A PROBLEM

Your boss hears problems all day. Think about an internal process that could be improved, or a new client that you want to lock down. The 30-second part: Next time you’re in the elevator together or you’re in a meeting where an opportunity comes along, pitch it. Even if it’s not the most perfectly fleshed out, turn-key idea she’s ever heard, she’ll appreciate the effort.

STAND TALL

When you go to talk to your boss or just see her in the hallway, stand tall (in a natural way), pull your shoulders back and hold your head up. This conveys confidence and competence, according to body language expert Carol Goman.

LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN

Whenever you ask your boss a question, whether it’s work-related or about the latest presidential debate, really listen to what he has to say. Goman adds that leaning forward or nodding your head are also nonverbal ways to show you’re engaged and paying attention. Whatever you do, do not look at your phone. Reminder: You are with your boss.

SMILE

It is such a simple act—and yet we often forget to do it. A smile says, “I’m happy to see you.” And what boss (read: human) doesn’t want to feel that sentiment?

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