Getting What You Need: Asking for Help

Written by Deirdre Maigread McEachern

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I once gave a clientrepparttar assignment of accepting allrepparttar 138952 help that was offered to her in one day. She was a successful small business owner and she was not allowed to offer help to anyone else for 24 hours (unless of course there was an emergency or such). She spentrepparttar 138953 day allowing others to open doors, make copies, and pick uprepparttar 138954 dishes after meals.

Her job was simply to acknowledgerepparttar 138955 help and express gratitude. This was a very difficult assignment for an independent person who was not used to recognizing all ofrepparttar 138956 help available to her in a given day! Through this exercise she learned that she was much more accustomed to being a ‘help provider' than a ‘help recipient.’ Try this yourself for one day. You will quickly realize how much you do or do not accept or ask for help from others in a typical day. It can be an eye opening experience!

Chances are somebody somewhere has moved throughrepparttar 138957 same challenge you are facing right now. Reach out, call a friend! I guarantee it will not only save you time, it will also help you achieve your success more effectively.

I invite you to consider asking for help as a chance to express your needs as well as an opportunity to brighten someone else's day by allowing them to contribute to you.

So, what do you need?

Deirdre Maigread McEachern is an experienced writer, speaker and personal coach who works one-on-one to help her clients find their ideal career and create more balance in their lives. You can contact Deirdre at 207-439-4280, or sign up for her free e-newsletter at

How To Ask For A Pay Rise!

Written by Kim Beardsmore

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5. Back up your position with logic. If you negotiate from a purely emotional position, emotion will sway you from your position. Fear of loss, sense of failure, conflict, pressure, sentiment! All can be applied to sway you from sticking to what you really want.

When negotiating for a pay rise, know what similar companies are paying for similar work. Be absolutely thorough in your research. Sentiment and comparisons with other colleagues (unless backed by evidence of your superior performance) will hold little weight.

Most companies concede to market pressures on salaries sorepparttar more data you have on like jobs in other companies inrepparttar 138931 same industry that support your position,repparttar 138932 greater your chances of success. If you need help in finding comparable salary information, you can start by browsingrepparttar 138933 internet for major recruitment firms. Many of these firms will provide online salary information.

6. Work out what you can concede. Occasionally you may know of something that for you, will not be important but for your boss may be of significance. For example, you may volunteer for an unpopular project you boss is having trouble finding people to undertake. This will be like gold to you! This is a 'sweetener' that can be what clinchesrepparttar 138934 discussion in your favour. You will need to be poker faced and pretend this is a big deal to concede…with still remaining gracious! Save this item forrepparttar 138935 final offer you make. 7. Be prepared. After you have completed your research, rehearse in your mind how you will openrepparttar 138936 discussion and be clear about your major points. The way you put forward your case, with logic and without sentiment will need to be prepared ahead of time. You may find it beneficial to write our your opening on paper to ensure you have it clear within one or two sentences. If you cannot be clear, on paper in private….it is likely you won’t be clear when you start to speak! Preparation is important so make sure you leave yourself adequate time.

Good Luck!

Kim is a busy HR Manager, mother to teenage family and homemaker. She has found balance by replacing her corporate income with a home business. If you are interested in earning $500-$5,000 per month around your schedule, visit:

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