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How promotable are you?

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Want to move up? Here are some quick, yet important suggestions to improve your promotion potential:

Build your people skills. It's more than simply getting along with others. Learn how to understand and cope with a range of personality types, to motivate people, to resolve conflicts. Also learn how to stand your ground against other managers when your ideas are challenged. 

Sharpen your writing skills. E-mail has made writing more important for managers, not less. Brush up on your grammar, spelling and style.

Polish your presentation skills. Everyone who makes a speech is nervous. Practice is what makes the difference. 

Accept as much responsibility as possible. Volunteer for new tasks and get them done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Be sure you get the credit for the work you do.

Keep fit and presentable. Like it or not, it's true. Look at how senior managers dress and carry themselves. Make a visible effort to look like someone who's upward bound.

Let your desires be known. Don't assume that management knows you want to move up. Use annual reviews, conversations with your manager, and opportunities within the enterprise to get your name out there as promotion material.

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