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You want it … so ask for it!

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In a perfect world, people would know what you want and give it to you.

But the truth is you’re the only one who knows what you want and need. So it’s up to you to ask for support, help, rewards or opportunity.

For some people, that’s a terrifying suggestion. “You take a risk when you open up and express what you really mean and allow yourself to be vulnerable,” Meryl Runion writes in How to Use Power Phrases to Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say and Get What You Want.

The good news: It grows easier with practice. And you can do it, with the right phrases, communication experts say.

First, you have to prepare: 

  • Write down your thoughts—everything from arguments supporting your position to observations about your audience (noting, for example, an extremely sensitive coworker).
  • Whittle down what you’ll actually say to the most essential. Otherwise, you risk weakening your argument with too many words.
  • Practice y...(register to read more)

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