6 ways to break through to your boss

6 ways to break through to your boss

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Jul 01, 2009

If speaking to your manager is like talking to a brick wall, reconsider your approach. Build a strong foundation for communication—and avoid dead-end conversations—using these six tips.

Zero in
Pick a time and place that will minimize distractions. Then tackle one topic at a time.

Create interest
Give your manager a reason to listen. Explain how your talking points affect her and the practice.

Create interest
Give your manager a reason to listen. Explain how your talking points affect her and the practice.

Stay positive
Huffing and puffing will get you no where. Keep calm, smile, and remember, you catch more flies with honey.

Use all options
Ask your boss how she prefers to communicate. Maybe she's a visual learner and favors e-mail. Then adopt her ideal mode.

Don't give up
You may need to schedule several meetings before your boss truly hears you. Stay strong and you'll bust her sound barrier.