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5 Quick Career Boosters

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Competitive speechmaking. Use gestures and voice inflection to emphasize key words while looking your boss in the eye. And when rivals take the podium, don’t give eye contact. Look over their shoulders with a slightly confused expression. This may jar their confidence, making your speech stand out more.

Take note. If the boss wants someone to take notes, raise your hand. Don’t assume that you’ll harm your image by playing the secretary. The note-taker can wield influence by deciding what to include and how to record it.

Sulk at your own peril. You’re disappointed that your great idea was shot down. You can either sulk or regroup. Express regret to your bosses and co-workers, but then follow up by generating even more great ideas.

Candid camera. At a company event that’s being filmed, such as an awards banquet, make the most of your on-screen time. Don’t turn silly and make faces. The CEO might watch that video. One career climber stumbled when he joined dozens of colleagues at a Sunday soup kitchen, only to be caught on video lounging all morning rather than working.

Looking for a mentor? Choose someone who brings a fresh perspective. The ideal candidate should not work at your company. Tap senior executives at other firms who show an interest in you and prefer asking to answering questions. Find them by attending trade group meetings and mingling with keynote speakers. Also ask top suppliers or consultants for referrals.

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