While it may be easy to contribute someone's feelings to you to their first impression of you or some big moment, the truth is, relationships are built on small moments. Believe it or not, you can change opinions of you based on small things you do and, especially, small things you say.
We're all seeking connection; we want people to listen to us, to value our opinions, to mirror our beliefs. You can make people feel those positive experiences with just a few words. This can be especially helpful in professional settings, where you may not be digging deep and rely on chitchat. Here are five simple phrases you can fit into conversation with your boss to build connections and improve their impression.
Managers are people like anyone else — and people love to feel listened to. This quick phrase signals that you're listening closely, that you're curious about learning more and that you value what's being said. Even better, it can be used in professional or more personal conversations to leave a good impression.
Rather than waiting to be commanded, this phrase signals that you are forward-thinking and helpful — two qualities that are helpful to your reputation. Next time your boss is explaining a problem, ask how you can lend a hand using this phrase. It lets them lead and direct, but not without letting you make a powerful impression first.
Like the above, this phrase let's you be a helping hand to your boss. Only this time, the sentiment is more direct. If they're seeking an answer or some bit of information, offer to take the initiative and go out of your way to help them out.
"No problem" is dismissive of the work you've done for someone else. Let your boss know that you're happy to help them out — but your contribution was a contribution — by saying "you're welcome" instead. Bonus points: It's polite and professional.
While some people may beat around the bush when they're trying to communicate when something is wrong, cut to the core of an issue by pointedly saying "this is the situation." Your boss will appreciate your clear, structured communication — and the phrase signals honesty.
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