Good things don't come to those who wait. Good things come to those who know what they want and work hard to get it. Everyone gets a little intimidated at work, but if you want to be a successful woman with a dynamite career, being confident and firm with your coworkers is essential. Anxious for that promotion? Then find out how to be more assertive so you can stand out and climb up the ladder!
If you want to earn every penny you're worth, being timid and bashful in the workplace just isn't going to fly. Yet, assertiveness has gotten a bad rep over the past few years.
Sometimes standing up for yourself at work can be construed as pushy and disagreeable behavior when in fact it helps you navigate the more thorny personalities in the workplace in a professional manner. Assertiveness also steers you towards the path of most success because you're the one controlling the wheel.
We spoke to the amazing Beverly Hills Career Coach, Ashley Stahl, on how to be more confident and clear with your colleagues. She first conceded that many of us who are just entering the job market undervalue ourselves.
"In the wake of economic recession, the idea of employer-employee loyalty has vanished," Stahl explained. "This leaves fresh graduates in fear that they’re at the bottom of the totem pole because they don’t have as much experience as the rest of the employees."
Don't the let anxiety and nerves eat you up. Read on to find out what you can do to be more assertive and get the most out of your job.