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Prep for discussions before they happen

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Leda Marritz writes that preparing for upcoming, tense conversations is a good way to avoid making a bad impression.

•  Ask your partner or friend to play along. Have him play a role such as a boss or an interviewer who will challenge you about getting a job, raise or promotion, just like the real thing will.

•  Solicit feedback. Ask your part­­ner what your body language told him, how you spoke your an­­swers and what impression you gave him during the mock conversation.

•  Make generic questions specific to your field. Write down the most common questions asked for whatever you’re looking to do and remember general ideas about your answers.

— Adapted from “Get That Job Or Raise By Role-Playing Important Conversations,” Leda Marritz, The Billfold.

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