“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere”

— Lee Iacocca: Author

Article Overview:

According to career experts, relationship with your boss can impact your career and your emotional well being on and off the job and it is extremely true. But, you don’t get the opportunity to talk very often to your boss. As result, it becomes important that whenever you get a chance you are well prepared and build an effective communication with your boss. Here are 5 really effective ways to show your boss that you are best for the job, or deserve this increment, or should be pardoned for your mistake.


1. Prepare In Advance:

Prepare a speech every time your meeting is scheduled with your boss.

Avoid conversational goof ups: If you don’t know what you have to say to your boss in the meeting, you will definitely goof up. And you never know when you will get a chance to make up for that mistake. So, prepare points about everything you want to discuss and what needs to be said and how.

• Remind your boss about your milestones: There are hundreds of things in your boss’s mind, so he may forget what great you did last month to deserve an increment, so focus on the contributions you have made. But don’t start blowing your own trumpet.

2. Stay Calm, Avoid Emotion:

Make it a point to keep emotions out of the discussions you have with your boss.

• Nobody like a grumpy and angry employee: The key to improve your communication with your boss it to stay calm and don’t show how you are irritated you are with your job or angry with your team.

• Maintain professional and even tone throughout: Keep a same soft, composed and professional tone throughout, don’t get too sad or too excited in high points of conversation.

• Talk when you are in control of your emotions: When talking to your boss about your personal problem or issues with a co-worker or any other issue that makes you emotional; avoid talking immediately, talk when your head is clear and emotions are under control.

3. Listen:

Don’t focus on completing your speech that you have prepared, let your boss talk, listen to him properly.

• Let your boss finish: Don’t keep interrupting him in the mid of communication, let him finish. He will definitely give you your part of time to speak up so wait for your turn to come.

• Make notes when your boss gives direction: This won’t only make him feel that you are listening and actually interested in his talks but you will be able to remember more of the conversation.

4. Don’t Make Excuses:

It is important to be accountable for your actions, stop blaming others or making excuses every time something goes wrong.

• Be responsible: Your boss is not interested in listening to your silly excuses for coming late to work or not achieving targets. It is your job to meet the deadlines and be punctual.

• Remind him you are still the same person he hired: Assure him of the great performance in future. What plans you have to better next quarter’s sales record or be more punctual.

5. Use Positive Body Language:

It is important to show your boss that you are still interested in this job, and how much you are enjoying the conversation.

• Smile and nod: Don’t look at him with a frowny face while he is talking, smile and nod to show you are actually in the conversation as well as liking it.

• Sit erect: Don’t just lean on the table or chair, keep your posture straight. Your body language plays a crucial role in communicating with people. So, sit straight with upright shoulders. If you are a girl, then sit with crossed ankles.

Article Summary:  

Whether you are pitching an increment or want to express your needs to increase your team, from your words, expressions to body language, use everything right to put the message strongly across your boss. Stay calm, confident, and organized in order to build an effective communication with your boss.