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A very Happy New Year to you. I hope 2012 is a great year for you. I will keep providing tips that should help you with your building your personal brand, improving your soft skills for business and enhancing your public speaking and presentation skills.

With best regards,

Derek Bbanga

How to ask and get a pay raise

There is a right way of asking for a raise, and doing so properly increases the chance of getting one.

Asking for a raise requires preparation, skill, timing and a fallback plan. It also demands wrapping your mind around a basic fact many employees miss: A pay increase is based on performance and the market for your skills.

  1. You should wait for appraisal time to ask for a raise, but never go more than a year without receiving a pay raise or promotion, according to Salary. Knowing your company's policies may prevent yourself from wasting time and asking when it simply isn't appropriate. If there have been layoffs and sharp cutbacks and desks remain empty after people leave, don't ask for the moon and don't expect much, if anything.
  2. Understand your position's value. There are many salary surveys available online or at the library that break pay down by industry and job title. They're helpful but often not definitive.
  3. The best way to get a raise is to convey your worth to the company, such as how you beat out all other salesmen last quarter. If you're a good employee in a competitive field, it's unlikely your boss will turn you down cold.
  4. Request a meeting with your boss. Do not storm into a boss's office and ask for a review, but request a conversation about pay. Provide specific and detailed examples of your recent accomplishments. If the boss denies a raise, do not complain or run out. Instead, ask what you can do to receive a raise.
  5. Inform your boss of the exact raise you want. Do not be too intimidated to state an exact amount. To strengthen the validity of your request, be sure to have information about market rates on hand.
  6. Inquire about future action. In the event that your boss declines your request for a raise, ask if it may be a possibility in the future. Ask if there is anything you could do to increase your possibility of a raise.
  7. You might not receive a pay raise, but you could negotiate for more benefits. This might include health insurance. You could tie an increase in benefits to improving your job skills, such as tuition assistance to go back to school for an MBA. If the response isn't encouraging, it may be time to start looking for another job. No job lasts forever, and you may have exhausted prospects for advancement with your current employer.
  8. Never go into a boss's office with the notion that he will give you a raise because of personal issues.
  9. Plan in advance. Well before you plan to make your request, start cultivating your skill sets so that you appear more attractive and indispensable as an employee.
  10. Keep fellow employees out of it. If you heard through the grapevine that someone in the office got a pay raise, avoid mentioning it to your boss, as it is a private matter.
  11. Don't act like you're entitled to a raise . Entitled on what theory--your natural good looks or innate modesty? The private sector is filled with sharp elbows, and you've got to earn the pay hike.

About Public Image


Public Image has a unique approach to building individual and corporate achievement. Business etiquette, creating a positive image though posture and dress, soft skills, communication proficiency, personal branding and networking expertise are key elements in the Public Image approach to developing professional skills.

Projecting a positive image for business will give you an edge in today's competitive market


E-mail Etiquette New Year Resolutions

  1. Every e-mail, I send will be courteous and include a proper greeting and closing which includes my name.
  2. I will not forward an e-mail unless it specifically applies to the person I am sending to. I will include a personal note to that person so they know why I am forwarding that particular e-mail their way.
  3. I will use the Cc: and BCc: features prudently by only including e-mail addresses that “need to know”. I will also make a point of down editing my e-mails to remove any text that is irrelevant to the ongoing conversation.
  4. I will take the time to make sure that my sentences are complete, capitalized and include proper grammar and punctuation. This goes for Twitter and Facebook too!
  5. I will make sure that the Subject field will include a brief and concise description reflecting the real topic of every e-mail I send. I will change the Subject: field when necessary to better display what my e-mail is about when a conversation has moved off the original topic.
  6. I will not post e-mails sent to me privately for any reason in a public forum or forward them to a third-party without the original sender’s permission. Those who I forward business e-mails that are for my eyes only will know this is poor behavior and that I am not to be trusted.
  7. I will refrain from formatting my e-mails with colored text, bolding and/or italics because I know it may not look as I intended (not professional) when received on the other side
  8. I will respond to e-mails as promptly as possible. Remember, your business e-mail activity is all about forming relationships and “communicating with the knowledge, understanding and courtesy” necessary to relay what a joy you will be like to do business with. Taking your time is time well spent! Use this knowledge to your advantage!



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