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5:  Learn to negotiate – Most women need serious practise at asking for more money.  Remember, as long as you ask reasonably, your boss can only say no.  Don’t moan – argue for a rise on the basis of your performance.  Don’t threaten to resign if you don’t mean it.

6:  Be one step ahead – What objections will your boss have if you ask for more money?  Anticipate what will be said so that you have a good answer.

7:  Have a face-to-face – Ask to speak to your boss in person so you can both understand the situation and agree what can be done to change it.

8: Get some support – If a chat with your boss doesn’t work, talk to your female colleagues and gather support.  If you feel underpaid or undervalued, chances are others do too.  Lodge a complaint together.

9: Use the law – A trade union can help you fight for equal pay.  They’ll negotiate on your behalf and take legal action if necessary.

10: Be positive – Never apologise for asking for more money, believe in yourself. If you believe in yourself others will to.

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It is always a pleasure connecting  and working with Helen Krag….she is a passionate supporter of women and their careers, she also does amazing work with the Room to Read charity

Anyway…. Tune into tomorrow Friday 15th at 1pm www.brooklandsfm.co.uk to hear Helen interviewing with Sally James (formerly of TV Tiswas) about women in business.   

It is great to hear that more women as authorities are being requested to speak on the radio.    With Gwyneth Williams as newly appointed Radio 4 controller and Anne McElvoy political commentor noting last Friday that “intellectually classy programmes are still preserved for males”  there is much speculation about scheduling changes.

Enjoy some motivating and positive inspiration that  you will always receive from Helen.

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According to the Media Queen at Marie Claire there are 10 points that we should get straight before we ask for a pay rise here are the first 5 to get you started…..

1: Find out how much you are worth – Get an indea of the market rate for your role by looking at job vacancies for similar positions online or in the papers.

2: Discover what your company pays – Approach your HR department for a breakdown of wage categories.  If you’re concerned, download a form that entitles you to request key information from your employers. Visit www.equalities.gov.uk

3: Make a stand – Have you done enough for a pay rise or highlighted what you have done well.  Your arguement will have more weight if you can be specific.

4: Believe in yourself – Act as if you deserve more money – firm belief in your own worth makes others believe to.

5: Learn to negotiate – Most women need serious practise at asking for more money.  Remember, as long as you ask reasonably, your boss can only say no. Don’t moan – argue for a rise on the basis of your performance.  Don’t threaten to resign if you don’t mean it.

Look out for the next 5 ….

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Can you afford not to get ahead?    With banks putting up their charges and the government cutting child benefit, many are being squeezed financially.

There are 2 choices:  1. Take the hit and feel the pinch  OR    

2. Choose to become more financially savvy

 I would love you to join the other women who have signed up to our supportive and  encouraging seminar, http://buildandsafeguardyourwealth.eventbrite.com/

It will give practical help to become more:

  • Financially savvy
  • In control of what’s happening to your money
  • Confident to react to market changes
  • Aware how to build up your net worth
  • Able to earn more – even in a tough market
  • Skilful at making your money work better for you

 Get smart about your money and in control of the life you want!

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