Talent Awards: how to ask your employer for support
Put yourself in their shoes
How will your team, manager and organisation benefit from your learning?
How could you share your learnings with other people?
Anticipate, acknowledge and address obstacles
What options and ideas can you suggest in response to potential challenges to supporting your learning?
If you’re nervous about the conversation it might be useful to practise what you’d like to say to someone else (a mentor, a work friend, even yourself).
You don’t need to memorise the exact script. Decide the three key points you want to make in a conversation and summarise each point into one word, so you have an easy ‘at a glance’ reminder in your notebook.
The art of asking: dont’s and do’s
Don’t apologise or make excuses for asking for support. Do focus on the reasons someone should support you (ie. you’ll add more value to the team, share knowledge and upskill others)
Don’t over-explain or feel you need to do all the talking. Do be clear on the support you are hoping for and be prepared to listen to their response
Don’t put pressure on yourself to resolve everything in one conversation. Do give yourself enough time to have a few conversations before asking your employer to commit to a decision
Don’t expect someone to remember everything you say. Do make sure you close a conversation by reiterating what support you’re looking for and when you need a decision by and it’s often useful to follow up the conversation with a summary over email
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