When it’s ok to not negotiate

If I could wave my magic wand, you’d all feel empowered and confident to negotiate your salary, a raise, for more resources on your team, to ask for and get more of what you want in life.

If you were on one of the calls last week to talk about creating a script to help you do this, THANK YOU! It was super helpful to me to go through the new script creation tool live with you all, to hear what I got right and what you’d like more of.

Something interesting came up on one of the calls…when is it OK to NOT NEGOTIATE?

100% of the time, if I had that magic wand, I’d tell you to do you research, know your value, and create a friendly but clear script for yourself. Practice saying it out loud a bunch of time. Then ask.

Be prepared for a “no” with a question like, “I’m disappointed and it would be a huge help for me to know why. Would you be willing to share that with me?”

But sometimes it’s ok to not ask and you shouldn’t feel bad about it.

You may choose to not negotiate. If you are making that choice, it’s ok.

Most of you just need a job to keep the lights on and food on the table.

If you’re feeling desperate for ANY job, take the job until you feel more secure.

Do high quality work, prove yourself and then prepare your strategy for your next steps: creating your script to ask for a raise and/or talk to your boss about your career next steps.

For example, maybe you’ve been out of work, got laid off or re-entering the workplace and you just need a job. I’d love to help you get your confidence back. AND sometimes you just need to get back into the saddle in order to do that. That’s ok.

The bottom line is that you’re making the choice to take that approach. But I’ll still be nudging you gently in the background, encouraging you to ask anyway!

Warmly,
Melissa

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