The language we use defines our brand and how others perceive us. It is important to choose your words carefully. I often counsel people to seek advice from their boss or key customers when dealing with very controversial matters. This can help you gain their support and valuable insights you may not have considered.
When asking for this feedback it is best to frame your request as asking for their input and NOT asking for their help. If you frame the request as asking for help it may signal that you are unable to make a decision on your own. By asking instead for input you position yourself as someone who is competent but values advice of others, open to feedback and willing to listen to and work with others.
Little changes in how we communicate can equal big changes in how we are perceived by others.
During the past year, I have talked with numerous groups and I always ask the audience if they have a written plan for their personal success, which outlines what they want to accomplish in the next five years. There are usually only a few hands that are raised in response to the question. I must confess I would not have been with this group during most of my career journey.
I was told that I needed to write out my goals, but it was never emphasized. I figured I had it all in my head so there was no need to write it down. I sure wish someone had pushed me harder to do this and helped me understand why it is so important.
If you are not willing to invest the time and effort to articulate your goals in writing—then how much are you willing to invest in making those goals a reality? Writing them down makes them real and helps to crystallize our thoughts around them. About 60% of our brain function is tied to vision. When we can see our goals and visualize them, we become unstopp...