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How to make yourself more valuable to your employer

February 15th, 2011 by Pete Bissonette

This is easiest way I know to get a raise or earn a substantial bonus from your employer.

1) Find a problem within your company or an area of your company that needs a solution.

The issue could relate to:

Customer Loyalty
Employee Morale
Cost Reduction
Email Marketing
Consumer Trends
Employee Compensation
Getting More Traffic into a Retail Store
Customer Service
Statistical Analysis
Preparing Bids or Proposals

2) Establish a clear and specific purpose related to the issue. Here are a couple of examples:

I will outline a customer loyalty program for my company that will address the issue of ____________.

I want to learn more about how other companies deal with Employee Morale issues so that my company can _____________.

I want to learn effective methods of Email Marketing so that we can better communicate special offers to our clients.

3) Create a list of books that address your purpose.

Spend time on Amazon.com, in your local library, or in a bookstore to identify books that address your purpose. Then decide which books you will draw from. Collect the books. Consider books from multiple authors to get different perspectives.

4) PhotoRead all books.

PhotoRead the books 24 hours before activating the books using the process I will soon describe. If you have five books, this will take less than an hour. (If you are not aware of PhotoReading, visit our website devoted exclusively to the ins and outs of this amazing whole mind reading course.)

If you are collecting the books over a period of time, PhotoRead each book when it comes into your possession, and then PhotoRead all of them again the day before you begin activation.

The mind benefits from this incubation by creating new connections. During sleep your brain finds ways to categorize information exposed to it from PhotoReading. This is vital when doing multiple books on the same subject.

5) Create a large mind map.

Have on hand a large sheet of paper and colored pens or markers so that you can mind map your notes during the remaining steps. You can use single sheets of people, but most people find it more useful to use large sheets. Personally, I am just fine with a stack of paper that I pull right out of the printer, but I do like using different color pens.

In the center of the sheet of paper, write your purpose. Leave enough room to revise your purpose as you get into the activation.

Keep in mind that you are not mind mapping the content of any individual book. Instead you are mind mapping material from all the books that serve your purpose.

The following steps take place on your day of activation. Plan for two 45-minute sessions separated by a 20-minute break.

6) Find relevant passages.

Use the Super Reading and Dipping strategies from the PhotoReading course to find passages in each book relevant to your purpose.  Put key ideas from these passages on your mind map.

Your purpose reigns supreme over the purposes of the authors! The reason for holding your purpose as the guiding light is to pull out the otherwise obscure passages that can serve your purpose.

Let go of your desire to read too much detail at this point. Use only light dipping throughout the books, and restrict your dipping to relevant passages.  You may find that your pupose needs refining as the complexities of the topic become clearer.

Think of this as a discussion with the authors of these books. Imagine these authors are sitting around the circle with you. Ask them a question and let them speak to your purpose. The objective is not to understand their books. It is to understand your purpose.

7) Summarize in your own words.

Step back and look at your mind map. Notice important concepts. Briefly summarize in writing what you think about the subject/issue so far.

It helps to create a neutral, jargon-free terminology that fits with your company. Different authors may use the same words to say the same thing. Finding a neutral set of terms creates meaningful associations, makes the concepts your own, and makes it easier to apply to your purpose and your company.

8) Discover themes.

Explore your mind map and your books for similarities and differences among the various viewpoints. When you reach this stage, you will begin to uncover the central themes that the authors are attempting to address. Make note of these, because you’ll find gems to help you make an impact at your company.

9) Explore where the authors disagree or diverge.

You become an investigative reporter. Go quickly from one book to another and ask questions about these issues. Either the answers will come to you, or you’ll have to spend a little time probing into the books.

10) Formulate your own view!

Synthesize what the authors are saying into your own viewpoint.

11) Apply what you’ve learned to your purpose

Create another mind map of your own viewpoint as it relates to your purpose and your company. Map out your plan, your proposal, your solution to the company issue.

You may find that you want to go back into one of the books. This is the book that you’ve identified as the most relevant. And you may find you need another 45-minute session.  From talking with many people through the years who have used this system of Syntopic Reading, that should be more than enough time.

12) Take it to your company.

Discuss the ideas with your colleagues or your supervisor. Determine how you might improve your proposal. Follow through to make it happen. (The Belief, Self-Esteem Supercharger, and Automatic Pilot Paraliminals can help you with this step.)

Here’s the secret!

Take a few minutes to visualize yourself doing the twelve steps. You’ll discover that once you make the commitment, you’ll easily be able to follow the steps. It is a roadmap to finding the solution to an issue in your company, thus making you more valuable of an employee. Use this success when planning to ask for a raise or a bonus.

This process of Syntopic Reading is thoroughly covered the PhotoReading course. If you don’t have the course, order it up right away. If you do have it, revisit it. I recommend listening to all of the CDs from beginning to end without doing the exercises. This will remind you of all of the steps of PhotoReading and make it easier for you to put this all into action.

Feel free to call a PhotoReading coach or visit our Discussion Forum if you have any questions. You can also ask a question right here.

Have fun and good luck!!


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