What do you do when a powerful person makes an inappropriate comment in your presence?
Are you ready to talk to the boss? We all daydream about speaking truth to power, but when the moment comes you have to be ready. Mustering a cool-headed, precise reaction when called upon during a meeting, or coming across well in a quick elevator conversation or at an office party, can make a lasting impression. Blow your shot, and another one might not come along anytime soon. In the new book, Influencing Powerful People: Engage and Command the Attention of the Decision Makers to Get What You Need to Succeed (McGraw-Hill Professional/available in April), author Dirk Schlimm presents a number of “what if?” scenarios and offers suggestions on handling them. Be prepared to ask good questions, check your emotions, and to say more with fewer words. Ultimately, the message you need to convey to leaders is that you understand their objectives – and that you can help them get there. Schlimm is an executive leadership coach and principal of Jenoir Management Consultants. For more about the book, click here .
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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