Nov 30, 2019 - 04:53 PM
Specifically, you advocate best for yourself (and don't come off as being pushy) when you fully understand what is needed and how you can provide it. If you just bulldoze your way into a situation and then can't deliver, then you will be seen as ineffective and annoying.
Lea McLeod, a career coach, says that you need to be specific with your requests – such as participating in a new project – and how your participation will help the boss, the team and the organization. "If you’re intimidated by the thought of advocating for what you need in the workplace, approach it a little differently: Remind your manager or colleagues that you want them to be successful, then share that you have some ideas for how to make happen," she says. "When you present it in such a positive way, you’ll find that you have much more power than you thought."