Tips to Making a Salary Negotiation Letter

When in search for a new job, you definitely want something you can enjoy and can get compensated a lot for. Having a job is a necessity to be able to survive, but if everyone had a choice, they would most likely not work at all. This is why it is important that you find a job that you like seeing as you will be spending most of your days there. If you believe you have found your dream job but aren’t getting the pay you would like, a solution is to make a salary negotiation letter. Learn these tips in how to compose one so that you can be sure that you have tried everything you can to get the best possible salary in that job.

First tip when making a salary negotiation letter is that you must indicate how happy you are to be chosen for the position and how excited you are to begin work for the company. Also discuss how your experiences and skills will be a great contribution to the company and that you are looking forward to gaining new experiences as well. Talk about your goals and how you plan to tackle certain things in your first couple of months of work.

Negotiating your salary doesn’t start until the second part of the letter. After mentioning all the things stated above, that is when you discuss how you want to counter the offer they presented to you. Based on your research and in relation to the market rate, indicate an amount that you see fit. Certainly you can’t expect to be granted that same amount so always peg it at a higher rate then what you are really expecting to ensure you still get what you want.

After indicating the salary you expect, discuss why you believe you deserve this amount. Talk about your past experiences, your skills, and how you have earned it with all your achievements. Don’t forget to mention your goals and plans for the company as well so that you can show them that you will be earning the salary you are requesting for. As long as you can justify your request, you shouldn’t encounter any problems.

For your other concerns like vacation leaves or benefits, discuss these in the remaining paragraphs. Don’t go overboard and only request for things that you absolutely need. Remember, you are just about to start the job so you shouldn’t be too demanding either. When ending your letter in the last paragraph, mention how you are excited for the job and request for a meeting to discuss this negotiation further.

Following these tips to making a salary negotiation letter is all you need to be successful. Don’t have second thoughts about negotiating, you have to remember that most companies expect negotiation to take place so don’t think you are doing anything wrong with ensuring you get the salary you are happy with.

Who Should Present Your Corporate Video?

Choosing a presenting style is no easy task. Should you use one of your staff, a professional presenter or get your clients to do the talking? The presenter is usually the first person the viewer sees or hears – so it’s important to chose the right person. To assist in your decision, we’ve compared the benefits of three styles of corporate video presenting.

Using one of your own

You don’t have to be a famous celebrity or professional TV personality to present a video. A knowledgeable member of staff can be very compelling:

• The viewer will associate the company with the face, voice and body language of the presenter, thus the presenter will act as the brand.

• Nobody knows a company better than its staff, the message you wish to convey may be industry specific and a member of staff will tell your story best.

• A good option for companies on a strict budget.

• Suitable to a promotional style or ‘how to’ video that will be uploaded to the company website, sent to prospective employees and used in trade-shows etc.

Remember, this route is only a success if the presenter is a confident public speaker. If every senior member of staff in your company is camera shy, the next option may be more suitable for your company.

Bring the professionals in

This is the most commonly used option when making corporate video. You can choose an actor, regional news reporter or even a celebrity. The benefits include:

• Professionalism, warmth and engagement, authority and an interaction with the viewer. A presenter can deliver a script in a natural and engaging way.

• Suitable for a report on what the company does or a news item.

• It is a good way to show and promote new developments within a company to prospective business partners or as a training video for future and current employees.

• Ideal for the promo-style piece.

Let your clients do the talking

The third option is the client testimonial. Who better to promote your company than happy clients?

• Your video would consist of a montage of shots of your customers singing your praises.

• This will build customer trust and so lead to increased sales.

• The client testimonial has a greater impact on potential clients than the company talking about itself – this is often the best promotion a company can get.

With a little thought and planning video can achieve extraordinary results, but it needs a customer focused approach and careful planning.

How to Present Without Fear – PRACTICE

Public speaking is one of the largest fears that people face. Whether a toast at a wedding or as business meeting facilitator- public speaking can be a nuisance. Some balk at embarrassment while others fear hesitating. Even for the most learned or the professional speaker, public speaking is difficult.

Overcoming fear is similar to athletic competition- one must practice before competition. Research with hundreds of clients shows that when individuals practice speaking they become confident and unrestrained. Presentations are not as difficult as they seem; they require structure and framework. Get help with your next presentation with PRACTICE©.

Preparation – No presentation can begin or even end properly without proper preparation. All speakers require a framework that must include 1) your audience analysis, 2) your purpose or motive for the presentation, 3) your 3 or 4 main points 4) any stories or statistics required 5) your call to action. These five components are essential to every presentation. Meetings today are run too haphazardly. Productive meetings must have purpose.

Rapport – Some presentations are succinct and do not enable much time for your to build audience rapport. You can overcome this hurdle with consistent interaction. More importantly, adult participants desire becoming part of the presentation. When possible, stop for questions, engage participants with case studies, exercises, charts, etc. If you relax your audience you too will relax.

Attention – It is important to understand that you will never capture the attention of an entire audience. People filter during presentations are think about a myriad of items other than you. However, to ensure you capture an audience majority it is best to use metaphor, statistics, and even self-deprecating humor. Participants enjoy hearing new information especially that which is memorable.

Conviction – Passion and empathy are keys for presentation success. Avatars of the speaking world capture audiences with charisma. The best speakers include King, Kennedy, Robbins, Clinton and many others. Participants even in business meetings enjoy listening to those passionate about the subject.

Timely – Presentations must be time honored. Research proves that business meetings and classroom training are too long. Keep meetings succinct and agenda bound. No meeting should last longer than 45 minutes to one hour.

Information -Dependent – The best meetings have agendas and stick to them. Every meeting must have an opening three to four main points and closure. Do not offer similar bromides others do. If you want to run an effective meeting then you must honor the framework of an agenda with only three to four main points. This framework keeps meetings focused and energetic.

Close – Our work over 27 years proves that over 82% of meetings have little if any closure. Every meeting must have a summary of key points and a call to action. For a keynote presentation this is imperative, a classroom breakout- a return on investment and for the general business meeting- completeness of task.

Evaluation – On completion of any meeting take a few moments to digress your presentation for evaluation. Never focus on the rote “smile sheets” handed to participants, simply review your work and areas that you believe might need improvement.

There is no such thing as a flawless presentation. Even the “best” professionals mar their performances. The key is to not worry, remain relaxed and most important- have a conversation. The best presenters have a plan, know their purpose, speak with passion and hold their presence. Yet, the most imperative tool for any speaker is practice. So, for your next speech remember to PRACTICE Your Presentation©. Now make it happen!

Copyright (c) 2008 Drew Stevens PhD