Performance Reviews:What You Say

Your Performance Review: What You Say And How You Say It    by Gene Griessman,

Prepare for an annual (or quarterly) review the same way that an author prepares for a media interview.

Create a script Don’t walk into your annual review without preparing. You will need more than just a positive mental attitude.

Do forward thinking Anticipate the questions that will be asked, and write them down. Part of knowing what you will be asked is to try to get inside the head of your boss. Social scientists call this sympathetic introspection. Try to figure out what he/she thinks is most important about your job. You don’t want to be focusing on some aspect of your job that your boss doesn’t think is important. Decide what you will say about each question/topic. believes that words matter. So try out alternative ways of presenting your material–before the actual interview.

Take the initiative If you’ve done something that you are proud of, think of a way to work this into the conversation. Whenever I do a media interview, I think of some way that I can bring up a topic that the interviewer might not ask about. For example, I might say, “’Lincoln on Communication’ gives 10 ways to communicate more effectively. Do we have time to discuss one or two of them?” If it’s your annual (or quarterly) review, you might say, “I’ve been working hard on our training manual. Would you like for me to discuss that? Etc.”

Remember, there’s more to career success than just working hard. You must work at the right projects, and communicate that you do them well. Your annual or quarterly performance review is an opportunity to do just that.

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject.” Wayne C. Temple, renowned Lincoln scholar, Illinois State Archives

A stirring, inspirational treasury of quotations from our greatest and most admired president, the book offers rich material for interpretation, reflection, and spiritual guidance.

You will also enjoy Lincoln Speaks To Leaders by Gene Griessman and Pat Williams.

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Gene Griessman is an internationally known keynote speaker, actor, and communication strategist. His book “TheWords Lincoln Lived By” is in its 23rd printing and “Time Tactics of Very Successful People” is in its 43rd printing. His training video “Lincoln on Communication” is owned by thousands of corporations, libraries, and government organizations. He has spoken at conventions and annual meetings all over the world. To learn more about his presentations, call 404-435-2225. Learn more at Atlanta Speakers Bureau or at his website. His latest book “Lincoln and Obama” has just been released by Audible.
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