Selling Yourself To Your Supervisor


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$elling Your$self to Your $upervisor

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  • Selling Yourself To Your Supervisor

    1. 1. $elling Your$elf to Your $upervi$or Presented by Lisa Hamrick, P. L. of Cincinnati & Hamilton County Sandee Wagle, Columbus Metropolitan Library MAD Action Council
    2. 2. A “mini” $elling Quiz <ul><li>DO YOU </li></ul><ul><li>Make a positive contribution to your organization each & every day? </li></ul><ul><li>Go to work with a positive attitude about your job, your coworkers, & customers? </li></ul><ul><li>Receive compliments from others about your work? </li></ul><ul><li>Ever tell others that your hard work and successes are “just your job”? </li></ul>
    3. 3. A “mini” Organizational Scan <ul><li>DOES YOUR SUPERVISOR </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct a formal written assessment of your job performance every year? </li></ul><ul><li>Give you regular verbal feedback on your performance throughout the year? </li></ul><ul><li>Expect you to submit project or performance updates? </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about you to other supervisors? </li></ul>
    4. 4. It’s NOT bragging! If it makes you feel better, think about $elling Your$elf as….. <ul><li>Highlighting your skills </li></ul><ul><li>Explaining your contributions </li></ul><ul><li>Making the best use of your supervisor’s time </li></ul><ul><li>Helping your library to successfully advertise </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating more effectively </li></ul>
    5. 5. Today’s Topics <ul><li>Benefits Are Not ONLY Financial </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t Let This Be You </li></ul><ul><li>Getting The Facts Down </li></ul><ul><li>Timing Is Everything </li></ul><ul><li>There Are Many Stories To Tell </li></ul><ul><li>There Are Many Ways To Tell Your Story </li></ul><ul><li>Pitfalls To Avoid </li></ul>
    6. 6. Benefits Are Not ONLY Financial <ul><li>When you sell yourself, you are assertive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Give yourself control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Who, What, When and How </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coach your supervisor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If s/he isn’t asking about something you think is important, you should tell an effective story </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Don’t Let This Be You <ul><li>Your supervisor remembers only your most recent action - and that was a mistake! </li></ul><ul><li>Your last new assignment was nothing you were interested in doing </li></ul><ul><li>When asked for a list of your activities from the last month, you have nothing immediately available </li></ul>YOU FEEL INVISIBLE
    8. 8. Getting the Facts Down <ul><li>Meet with your supervisor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask for input </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer examples of what you think is relevant </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Start gathering information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep track of your achievements </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Timing is Everything Can you answer these questions? <ul><li>What time of day does your supervisor like best? </li></ul><ul><li>Is your supervisor always early, just on time, or usually a few minutes late? </li></ul><ul><li>When talking to others, does your supervisor tell chatty, casual stories or keep things short and sweet? </li></ul><ul><li>Does your supervisor prefer to communicate face-to-face, over the phone, through e-mail, using IM or with handwritten notes? </li></ul>
    10. 10. More On Timing <ul><li>You $old yourself to GET the job. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t stop now! </li></ul><ul><li>It is time to GROW as a performer, </li></ul><ul><li>and to prepare for your NEXT position. </li></ul>WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED: When are events significant enough to be $old to your supervisor? Give us examples to list and share.
    11. 11. YOUR Examples
    12. 12. There are many ways to tell your story <ul><li>Tell the right story for each situation </li></ul><ul><li>It is always a good story when you: </li></ul><ul><li>Talk up your team </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the focus on accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Keep pace with your peers </li></ul>
    13. 13. Telling a story 3 different methods <ul><li>Using Statistics: </li></ul><ul><li>A New Program is a BIG Hit! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- 500 families attended the 1 st ever Chinese New Year Celebration. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- 75% of the 850 attendees spoke Mandarin as their first language. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- This is the first library program to reach so many native Mandarin speakers. </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Using A Testimonial: </li></ul><ul><li>Mei Lu said; </li></ul><ul><li>“ I am so grateful that the library </li></ul><ul><li>remembered me and my culture. This event was </li></ul><ul><li>special and I am going to tell my friends to come next year. I never knew the library had so many children’s books in Mandarin! </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks for everything!” </li></ul>Telling a story 3 different methods
    15. 15. <ul><li>Using Images: </li></ul>Telling a story 3 different methods
    16. 16. Your Actions Speak Loudly What are yours saying? <ul><li>Build effective relationships throughout the library </li></ul><ul><li>Your relationship with your supervisor also deserves attention </li></ul><ul><li>Attitude can make or break you </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a growth plan to help you improve your knowledge or skill gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Stay current and be familiar with trends and new technologies </li></ul>
    17. 17. Pitfalls to Avoid <ul><li>Avoid being negative </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid gossiping </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid being defensive </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid taking all of the credit when you were a part of a joint effort </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid saying NO to additional assignments </li></ul>
    18. 18. After You Leave This Session <ul><li>Network </li></ul><ul><li>Share your experiences and any ideas you gleaned as a result of today’s chapter conference with your supervisor and co-workers </li></ul>
    19. 19. Be PROACTIVE <ul><li>“Don’t hide your light under a basket.” </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t promote yourself, who will? </li></ul><ul><li>“Freedom lies in being BOLD” </li></ul><ul><li>Robert Frost </li></ul>
    20. 20. Link to Slideshow