Yes! It is finally day 10. One more day to practice before you set up an appointment to ask your boss for a flexible schedule. Do you feel ready?
Today you will practice a scenario of getting a ‘no’ and asking for an explanation. Breaking a decision down into parts might offer room for further negotiation. Say something like: "I hear you saying ____. Can you help me understand the thinking? " Remember the open body language this is where we usually start to feel a bit defensive.
You have so much control now after this whole process. Here is a reminder of everything you have done:
Day 1 - Know your contribution to the company.
Day 2 - Know the values of the other person. (In this case, your boss)
Day 3 - Understand the company policy regarding flexible schedules.
Day 4 - Know how you are perceived.
Day 5 - Sketch out a scenario to practice and find a practice partner.
Day 6 - Practice the scenario you sketched out. Ask yourself if you were balanced in your approach. Were you realistic but not apologetic or boastful?
Day 7 - Practice again this time using open body language.
Day 8 - Determine what your Plan B might be.
Day 9 - Practice stopping the conversation & asking for time to consider the options.