You know that you’ve got the next big idea for what could really help your team.
You’ve played this scenario over and over in your mind and are only more convinced that this idea is the way to go.
Now the hard part – getting buy-in from your boss.
Learning how to influence your boss is an art!
As you are preparing, check out this article from The Muse.
Below are two of Jo’s suggestions that we really resonated with!
“1. Understand your leaders and their goals”
Really take the time to think about your boss.
We recommend to ask yourself: What have I seen my boss value or what are those key phrases or points I always hear them coming back to?
“2. Communicate in a style that they find persuasive”
Try out a couple of different communication techniques to learn what your boss REALLY hears. Maybe try:
- Assertively asking for what you want using “I would like ___ so that ____”
- Ask lots of questions
- Prep your Boss with material before and then discuss
Leverage what you learn to communicate in the best way for them!
We’d also recommend to leverage your meetings strategically.
If you already have regular meetings with your boss, think about how you can use those as an opportunity to influence, where you come prepared and ready with ideas!