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How to Ask for What You Want: Bold Ways to Being Seen and Heard in Your Career

Hello, Bold Achievers! In the dynamic world of career building, knowing how to ask for what you want is a vital skill that can propel you forward. At 2B Bolder, we're all about empowering you to take control of your destiny, to be seen, and to be heard. Let's explore how you can boldly ask for what you want and get ahead in your career.

First, you have to Know What You Want.

Before you can ask for what you want, you need to know what that is. Whether it's a promotion, a raise, more responsibility, or flexibility in your schedule, be clear about your goals. Reflect on what you truly desire and why it matters to you.

It's Essential to Build Your Case

Asking for what you want is a bold move, and it requires preparation. Gather evidence of your achievements, contributions, and the value you bring to the table. Be ready to articulate why you deserve what you're asking for.

Timing is everything: Choose the Right Time and Place.

Timing and setting matter. Choose a moment when your supervisor is not rushed or stressed. Schedule a private meeting, if possible, so you can discuss your request without interruptions.

Lead with Boldness: Communicate with Confidence

Approach the conversation with confidence and clarity. Use positive language and be specific about your request. For example:

- "I've successfully led our last three projects, and I'd like to discuss the possibility of a promotion."

Your confidence will signal that you take your request seriously.

Often overlooked but critical for success is to Listen and Respond

Asking for what you want is not just about speaking; it's also about listening. Be open to feedback and ready to respond to questions or concerns. Show that you value collaboration and are willing to work together to find a solution.

It pays to Follow Up.

If you don't get an immediate answer, that's okay. Thank your supervisor for considering your request and following up with an email summarizing the conversation. Be persistent but respectful in seeking a response.

Fail Forward: Embrace Rejection as a Learning Opportunity

Not every request will be granted, and that's okay. If you face rejection, ask for feedback and use it as a learning opportunity. Stay positive and keep moving forward.

Take the time to Celebrate Success.

When you successfully ask for what you want and achieve it, take a moment to celebrate. Acknowledge your boldness and the growth that comes from advocating for yourself.

Asking for what you want in your career is an empowering act of self-advocacy. It's about recognizing your worth, communicating effectively, and taking bold steps to achieve your goals.

At 2B Bolder, we believe in your ability to rise, to be seen, and to be heard. Embrace these tips, and you'll not only ask for what you want but also create a path to success that resonates with your unique aspirations.

Be Bold

Mary Killelea

Founder, 2B Bolder 🚀


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