For many of us, having a conversation with the boss can be like attempting to traverse landmines without the benefit a map. We might be exceedingly articulate under normal circumstances, but give us an audience with the boss, and we’re as tongue-tied as a basket of snakes.
The key to effective communication with the person in charge is to know what you want to say before you say it. The worst plan of action is to go in “cold” without a clear, concise outline of the topics you want to discuss. You want the boss to see you as confident, not skittish and unprepared.
The key to effective communication with the person in charge is to know what you want to say before you say it.
It is important to keep in mind that having a good working relationship with your boss is not about sucking up or manipulating situations in order to gain favor. The most effective way to ensure a good working relationship is to be clear about expectations, and to understand what your goals and priorities should be. A good boss will always keep his or her door open to an employee who plays well with others, and is motivated to do a good job.
A great relationship with the boss is always going to be a work in progress. It never hurts to brush up on your communications skills, and keep apprised of new and effective techniques that will make your life easier in the office. Remember: The more good days you have at work, the better life will be away from the office.
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