A new study shows 61% of us delay that crucial moment of initiating a scary discussion with our boss for up to five days. I was recently interviewed by Glamour magazine on how to stand up for yourself in the workplace and have those tough talks. It’s key that you get the timing right, planning and having the discussion before you get to breaking point or walking out the door. For example the time to discuss being overloaded with work is when you begin to feel over stretched, not when you have just failed to meet a deadline. Start by asking “Do you have a few minutes to discuss my current workload and priorities?” Show your boss a list of your workload and ask for clear deadlines and help with prioritizing your tasks. And the best time to ask for a pay rise or promotion? After you have had a great appraisal or been praised by a client. You could smile and say “I think now would be a good time to discuss my salary”. Quantify the results you have achieved: show how much your team has saved or earned the company, which projects went well – and how this was down to you. Remember that you are in control – you can raise the discussion when it suits you and by calmly planning what you want to say you will be prepared. More often than not the thought of the discussion is more scary than the actual event. You can read the full article on the Glamour website.