How to Master Your Annual Review

Have you had your annual review yet?

Is it coming up soon?

What are you going to say?

I hear it all of the time – anxiety about annual reviews, quarterly reviews, and how to tell your boss everything you have done.


Your review should be viewed as an opportunity not a challenge.

How do you make it an opportunity?

3 Words:

  1. Value
  2. Contributions
  3. Accomplishments

That’s it. Seriously, that’s it.

Allow me to explain.

Your reviews, conversations about promotions, salary increases…whatever the conversation may be, it should be viewed as an opportunity.

An opportunity to:

  • Remind your boss and the organization about the value you add and why you are an asset to the organization.
  • Discuss your contributions contributed to the team goals and organizational goals.
  • Celebrate and list your accomplishments – how your contributions and value add ensured your success and the organization’s progress and success.

Don’t make it complicated. This is about you, and only you.

Here’s a pro tip – track this information and use it in your weekly/bi-weekly/monthly 1:1s to advocate for yourself throughout the year.

Advocating for yourself is not a once a year or twice a year exercise.  

Bring your A Game and be your best champion every day.

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