Manage Your Manager Meetings

Since it’s year’s end, many of you will be having check-ins with your managers and talking about your growth at your PR firm and in your career.  Whether this is your first or your fiftieth manager meeting, this sit-down is a great opportunity to have a candid conversation with a superior about your work performance, any needs or questions you may have in your current position, and get a little insight into your place at the company.  The more you communicate during these meetings the better, so this is not the time to be shy!  Here are a few tips and topics to help you through your next manager meeting:

Start thinking about the conversation a week ahead – This is not the time to rush into a meeting unprepared.  Some companies have formal review packets or worksheets you are required to fill out prior to your conversation with your manager.  Whether you have this guide or not, be sure to give some serious previous thought to the questions you want to ask and topics you want to cover.  Note: this is NOT an opportunity to complain about a peer, your company, or a client.  If you have these issues, schedule a different time to seriously address the topic.  Otherwise, may seem as though you are making an excuse for poor performance

Address any concerns you have about your own performance – If you are admittedly slow at monitoring reports, or cannot get a hold of your superior’s writing style, this is a time to call it out.  If you recognize your own weaknesses and show how you’ve tried to solve the problem, you’ll be displaying awareness and determination.  Ask your supervisor how you can improve here (sometimes, it’s really all in your head and you’re doing just fine!)

Ask how you can start working above your own level – It takes everyone some time to settle into their own position on their teams, but as PR people we are also perfectionists, and that means we’re always trying to prepare for the next step.  If you’re looking to grow at your firm and in your career, always strive to work at the level above your own.  Ask your manager what tasks or responsibilities you can take on to start moving ahead

Take notes and set goals – Throughout the meeting, be sure to take notes and highlight any key pieces of advice or suggestions that your manager makes.  Work together to make two sets of goals – a few easily attainable responsibilities and tasks you can achieve by the next meeting, and milestones you hope to reach in the next six months or year ahead. Keep these goals in a separate document on your desktop or in your calendar so you can look at them frequently


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