Even the President Practices

Posted October 2, 2012 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder

It’s safe to say that once you’ve been elected the President of the United States, no matter your party affiliations or beliefs, you’ve risen to the top of your game in the political field. But what these kinds of powerful individuals know is that growth and change, practice and rehearsals for greatness never end. I was struck by this notion while watching the Democratic National Convention and hearing that President Obama is currently engaging in regular practices in preparation for his debates against Mitt Romney this season. His sparring partner? Senator John Kerry.

And in light of the fact that tomorrow marks the first Presidential debate between Obama and Romney, I thought it timely to write an article about practice. Because if even the President practices, all of us should, too.

What should you be practicing regularly to “win” in your career?

  • Asking for a raise. You never know when the right opportunity will arise to talk salary. Perhaps you’re in your boss’ office one Friday and she tells you what a fantastic job you’ve been doing and showers you with praise. That might be the perfect time to ask for a raise. But it won’t work unless you’ve been practicing. So practice your ask — practice saying the numbers you believe you deserve — and you might have a chance to use it.
  • Your elevator pitch. In Presidential debates, usually the candidates get to make opening and closing statements. They’re just like your elevator pitch — why are you here, why should they hire you, what makes you tick. Get “pitch perfect” by reading this past CGN article.
  • Complimenting yourself. As women, we often don’t take compliments well. So practice complimenting yourself. Stand in the mirror and practice applauding yourself for your strengths and best assets. If you say it, you’ll believe it eventually.

So take a cue from the President. No one is exempt from practice!

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."