HOW YOU CAN TALK TO ANYONE IN EVERY SITUATION
On a less positive note, some don’t do it because they think
that nothing will happen if they do – apathy rules! – and there
are then some more who think their boss won’t do anything
because they (the boss) are protecting their back and don’t want
to make waves.
Some think their boss will see it as sign of weakness/rebellion/
whingeing, whilst others think they will see it as an attempt to
curry favour (brown nosing again); some are simply scared to
raise the issue because of the repercussions they think it may
have on their future prospects and the way they will be treated.
Others just want to know how to get their point across in such
a way that they are taken seriously and that something positive
happens as a result.
Whatever group you fall into, here are some proven strate-
gies for getting your point across and so build your confidence.
Here’s our blueprint for ‘Talking to your boss’.
The first question to answer is, ‘How does your boss like to be
Stephen Covey, in his book The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People,
talks about the need ‘to understand before being under-
stood’. In fact it’s one of the seven habits that he identifies all
truly successful communicators have. It’s an indispensable first
step in establishing any successful working relationship.
In which case, if you want to be able to talk to your boss effec-
tively, you need to understand their style of communication and
Understanding your boss
It may be a blinding glimpse of the obvious but different people
like to be talked to in different ways. They have different
communication styles and preferred methods of communication
So what we’re going to do is give you the chance to do some
analysis of your boss’s style and then give you the strategies
you need to make the most of that information.