You’re going through your typical weekend to-do list. Sweats and tennis shoes in full effect as you navigate the usual’s.
- Grocery run; done.
- Walmart; check.
You’re cart pushing out the store and make eye contact with….
Yep, they shop at Walmart, wear weekend sweaters and mostly matching weekend caps.
Lady Fortuna has paid you a visit. Are you ready to seize the moment?
4 Great Tips To Take Advantage Of A Chance Meeting With The Boss
- Don’t Fade Away
More often than not, a person’s first instinct is to agree with everything the boss says. To listen intently and nod when he/she is speaking, to laugh at and and all jokes, and generally give them the floor. After all, he is important and you are not. But the truth is, you are better off responding with honest interest or polite disinterest.
- Seize the Moment
Unless your boss looks busy or seems completely uninterested in talking to you, identify a piece of common ground and jump into the fray. Staying knowledgeable of current events can help; it’s generally a good ice breaker. As long as you’re polite and behave appropriately, the worst thing that can happen is that your boss talks to you out of pity.
- Be prepared
Have your elevator speech practiced. You should be able to spin this off at any given moment. This article can help.
- Don’t Kiss the Ring
Make a genuine effort to get to know him/her, but never treat the boss like he is above you. Often, their looking for authentic, confident people who can set aside their status and like them for who they are. So don’t be afraid to make a few jokes, give the boss a little bit of a hard time and talk to him like he’s an old friend from college.
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Hope this helps you in your career travels. Make this article awesome if you find value in it.
My Very Best,
James E., M.I.S.M.,
GovLoop Community Leader