These days, you often hear how important it is to be your own advocate. Whether you are a highly paid actor, a hard-working (and underpaid) employee, or an over-billed customer, one thing is clear: you have to stand up for yourself when things aren’t right.
But what does that actually mean and how do you do it?
Take the actor example.
Recently, when HBO failed to submit 3 of its Game of Thrones stars for Emmy consideration, they decided to take matters into their own hands. They paid their own entry fees and entered themselves into the nomination pool. It was a bold and unprecedented move that paid off because all three actors were just nominated for Emmys. That never would have happened if they hadn’t self-advocated.
Now, let’s talk about underpaid employees.
Most people avoid confrontation, especially when it comes to salary, but it is essential to ask for what you want in order to have the best chance of getting it. Oftentimes, employers wrongly assume their employees are happy unless they hear otherwise. Advocating for a higher salary or promotion will show your boss you believe in yourself and open up opportunities he or she might not have considered before. Prepare ahead so you can be clear in your request and calm in your delivery. If you don’t speak up, you will likely stay underpaid, under-appreciated, dissatisfied and resentful.
And last, but not least, the over-billed customer.
We all know the story…too many bills and too little time to keep track. Even balancing your checkbook is a chore. You figure banks don’t make mistakes and your phone and cable companies must be giving their valued customers the best deals, right? Not necessarily. It’s important to speak up and hold your providers accountable. While you might agree, you probably don’t have time to stay on top of everything. That’s where Billshark
comes in. We expertly negotiate on your behalf to get you the best prices on many of your existing bills and you don’t have to pay us a thing unless we save you money. With Billshark, you don’t have to advocate alone — you have the best partner out there to help you get the best deal possible.
So just remember…stand up for yourself and be your own advocate to get what you want and need in any situation.