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Nervous About Talking to Your Boss? 3 Confidence Boosters

by Katy Bruegenhemke | Feb 07, 2017

So you’ve booked a one-on-one meeting with your boss. Think you have the confidence to get what you want out of the conversation? Everyone has moments when their nerves get the better of them. But if you can prepare yourself for a planned (or unplanned) opportunity, you’ll be able to drive the conversation to your benefit. Here are three confidence boosters that can help you stay on message and make a great impression.

Be Cool and Casual

You know how infectious a positive attitude and a sincere smile can be? Use that to your advantage in your conversations with the higher-ups. People rarely remember the details of a conversation, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Channel a really easy-going and friendly attitude. Drop a few details about your goals into the conversation without pressing the issue too hard and you’ll go a long way toward making your boss think you have things under control. It will also help calm your own nerves, and increase your satisfaction with the conversation as well.

Sincere Admiration Helps Set the Tone

When you’re speaking with someone who has a great deal of seniority over you and sway over your current situation, acknowledging that fact with a little tactful admiration will put you on good footing for your conversation. Of course, people can tell pretty much right away when they’re being buttered up, but an honest interest in the lessons and insight they can provide will give them a good impression of you and your conversation with them. Accomplished people love to talk about themselves, so give them the chance to tell you how they got from A to B, and how you can do the same. Be careful not to take it too far, and you’ll have a nice little connection to add to your LinkedIn profile at the end of the day.

Travel is the Ultimate Ice Breaker

Chances are the superior you’re trying to chat with spends a lot of time in the air. Travel is an unavoidable part of the job when you are on the higher end of the pay spectrum. Take that opportunity to sympathize and engage with their experience. Nobody likes to fly, or lose their luggage, or get stuck at Heathrow airport. Without getting too wrapped up in the negatives, it’s endearing to sympathize. You can also strike up a nice little conversation about where they last traveled to, any familiar landmarks they visited, or restaurants they enjoyed. This kind of chit-chat might not seem like a valuable use of your time, but really it’s connecting you and makes you out to be a more likeable person.

For more practical advice on how to connect with managers or how to find your next exciting opportunity, reach out to the recruiters at Allied Staffing today.

About Allied Staffing

Since 1966 Allied Staffing has provided hiring solutions for manufacturers, warehouses and other employers in Kansas City and the surrounding areas. Our specialty is in finding reliable, hard-working temporary and full-time employees to help organizations improve productivity, manage labor expenses, and get more work done. Looking to grow your workforce in 2017? Contact the experts at Allied Staffing.

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