Talking to your boss can be nerve wracking, but you have to do it if you want to get ahead. Workplace psychologist Dr. Mimi Hull shared some ways to talk to the boss and make it count.
1) Focus on the big picture
Dr. Hull said when you speak to your boss, do not get caught up in details. Focus on the overall message.
2) Get to the point
She recommends addressing the bottom line first. If your superior wants more information or details, they will ask. Dr. Hull said have additional information available, but make sure you stick to the point.
3) Show you're committed
How you speak is almost as important as what you say. Dr. Hull said sound like you care and address your boss with enthusiasm.
4) Show you've done your homework
Dr. Hull said it is important to let your boss know where you got your information and show you have done your research. That way what you say will sound intelligent.
5) Know they can spot a phony
Do not try to put on airs or pretend you are something you are not. Dr. Hull said your boss can see through an act. Just be yourself and say what you need to say.
6) They're not cold, they're busy
Dr. Hull said you might think your boss is ignoring you or is mad at you, when oftentimes you are not even on their radar. If your boss seemingly brushes you off, do not get offended. Remember, they have a lot on their mind.