Being “The B”

Sometimes, to ensure things go your way, you need to summon your fiercer side. But being a bitch-on-wheels is actually counterproductive — it turns people off and makes them want to slam the door in your face. Instead ;if you walk the line between being pushy and being a pushover, you’ll up your chances of success.Some guidelines to follow…..

Find the Right Tone…..
When dealing with a frustrating situation, the right attitude makes all the difference in the world.

Not Bitchy Enough…..
Say you have a friend who never coughs up enough cash during group dinners and you’ve had it. Being passive-aggressive gets across the fact that you’re irritated, but it won’t really change anything. So skip saying “Wow, someone didn’t put in enough money….” If you don’t address the guilty party directly, you give her the opportunity to pretend she doesn’t realize you were directing it toward her.

Too Bitchy…..
Causing a big scene will get you nowhere.When you raise your voice, you put the other person on the defensive and they’ll dig in their heels.

Just Bitchy Enough…..
Use a firm, clear, but not hostile voice, and say something like “I think you miscalculated what you owe, and I really can’t afford to cover anyone else’s dinner.” You’ll feel better because you are calling her out but being decent enough to chalk it up to a mistake. Here’s what to do if you feel yourself starting to go over the edge and getting angry; stop talking and take a deep breath, Rebooting will help you keep your cool.

Not Bitchy Enough…..
Perhaps you think your guy isn’t making enough time for you. Simply stating that his actions are unfair isn’t going to get you far because you aren’t spelling out what you aren’t satisfied with and how he can fix it.

Too Bitchy…..
Saying “maybe we need some space from each other” is the wrong move because he could call your bluff. By making silly or idle threats, you diminish your credibility because the other person knows you won’t follow through, and you challenge him to a power struggle.

Just Bitchy Enough…..
Focus your criticism on the issue and how you’re feeling, not on what he’s doing wrong. For example, say “I know your boss isn’t the most understanding person, but I feel cheated out of quality time with you.” This way, you aren’t pinning it all on him. Then take the conversation one step further by offering “I miss you, so let’s get a long weekend away together on the books ASAP.” You’ve stroked his ego, so he’ll be more receptive to hearing you out and to taking action. Since a good boyfriend won’t want you to be hurt or upset, he’ll start thinking about what he can do to solve the dilemma.

Know When to Fold and When Not To…..
There comes a point in any negotiation where you are bound to reach an impasse. The following are the make-it (and break-it) moves.

Not Bitchy Enough…..
When going head-to-head with a snotty salesgirl who tells you she won’t return your purchase, you may be tempted to stomp off at the first sign that she’s unwilling to bend. But while a dramatic exit lets her know you’re peeved, you’re stuck with the unwanted merchandise.

Too Bitchy…..
When it becomes painfully obvious that what you are pressuring for just isn’t going to happen at that moment, it’s pointless to simply up the pressure (for example, asking a store clerk for her manager, then the manager for her supervisor, then the supervisor for her boss). Being persistent is great, but refusing to accept reality just makes you look pathetic.

Just Bitchy Enough…..
If your opposition senses that you’re not going to budge until the situation is resolved, they’ll realize that they’re going to have to compromise with you, Then suggest a reasonable scenario you could live with. By doing that, you spell out in concrete terms what will satisfy you, which helps move the ball down the field in your favor.


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