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Are You Ready for a Raise?

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Have your professional skills evolved beyond your current salary? A new year is upon us; start it out right by getting paid what you’re worth! Last week we talked about ways you can use communication to improve your negotiation skills.

Today we wrap up our negotiation series with three more essential strategies for strong, effective, negotiation.

Be Concise: Many people tend to ramble when they get nervous. This can significantly weaken your position, making you seem anxious and unsure of yourself. In order to avoid this trap, consider exactly what you want to say before you enter the room. Make a note of the most important points, and then find the clearest, most concise way to address each one.

Use Collaborative Language: Using “we” rather than “I” helps keep the tone positive and collaborative rather than demanding. Phrases like, “Help me understand…” or “What could we do…” are great for setting a cooperative tone.

Watch Your Body Language: If you’re trying to convince someone else that you deserve a raise, you should look like you believe you deserve it too! Convey confidence and strength with strong posture: keep your shoulders back, your chin level with the floor, and square your torso so you’re directly facing your listener. Maintain eye contact during the discussion to project confidence and increase connection with your listener.

Related: Get Paid What You’re Worth! 3 Simple Tips for Negotiating a Raise

If your communication skills are holding you back from professional success and you want to make your communication skills your most powerful professional tool, make sure to pick up a free copy of my e-book “Communicate with Clarity and Confidence!” by subscribing to our newsletter community on our website. In this free resource, I break down the myriad factors that contribute to confident communication and guide you through how to use each aspect to your advantage.

Give us a call and see how Corporate Speech Solutions can improve your professional life! Call us at 212-308-7725 or send us an e-mail at jayne@corporatespeechsolutions.com to learn more. I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have!

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