Whether you’re looking to convince your boss you need some additional training or you’re hoping to show an interviewer you’re the best candidate for a job, persuasion is an essential tool for professional success. Related: The Secret To Being Memorable And Persuasive Below, I’ve outlined the three basic steps you should follow to be persuasive in the workplace.

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Are you afraid of changing your job goals? You're not alone. RELATED: Need career advice? Watch these tutorials! Here’s a lesson I’m still learning: Changing your mind isn’t the same as giving up. You see, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about goals—how to set them properly, how to see them through, how to keep your perspective about achieving them. As most of you know, I’m kind of a goal junkie. But recently, I’ve had to make some... corrections, and it’s been hard. In many ways, it makes me feel weak. Like I’ve failed. But I realized this morning that I’ve been looking at it the wrong way. I’ve been acting like “changing my mind” is the same as “quitting.” And it’s not. You see, changing your mind is YOUR RIGHT. No one can take that from you. The trick is not to be fickle. Give your decision the thought and attention it deserves. But give yourself the freedom you deserve. Here are a few questions to consider before changing your mind:

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I know so many amazing professionals who often tell me speaking up at work is a challenge. It’s not they don’t have opinions—they certainly do! Related: 4 Tips For Connecting With A New Boss And it’s not because they don’t have the smarts—these folks are the best and the brightest. But they still have an incredibly difficult time expressing themselves in the workplace. So, today’s post is all about finding your voice at work and overcoming those internal demons that have been keeping you quiet.

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