Whether you have an upcoming annual review or just a general meeting with your supervisor there are a few steps you can take to ensure it is a successful meeting and that you are prepared.
- Keep Track
Keep a running list of important topics to broach with your manager. Make sure to keep everything from your successes to your failures. You want to be prepared to show what you have accomplished, and also to explain anything that hasn’t gone according to plan. Additionally, keep a list of things you are working on and the steps you are taking to complete them.
- Have the Right Attitude
Make sure you prepare mentally for the meeting, especially if you think there may be any conflict that could arise. It is a good idea to talk with someone you trust prior to the meeting to have your thoughts and ideas in order and prepare for anything your supervisor may say in response.
- Have Things Written Down
Write down a brief list of everything you want to discuss in the meeting; while we always think we will remember what we want to say, these meetings can be stressful and it is easy to forget.
- Ask for Help
Remember that your manager is meant to be a tool for your career growth. Be sure to utilize them and ask for whatever it is that you think will make you more successful in your job.
These are a few things to keep in mind prior to a meeting with your supervisor, but most importantly, go into the discussion with the right attitude and a desire to learn and grow.