Unspoken Rules for Getting Promoted

In this class: content regarding career growth, promotion, career.
American accent / sotaque americano.

Vocabulary list:

– working class: classe trabalhadora
– speak for itself: falar por si
– fulfilling career: carreira gratificante
– unspoken rules: regras não faladas, implícitas
– career advisor: consultor de carreira 
– realize: perceber
– put yourself out there: se expor, falar suas ideias, ser visto e lembrado, não ficar escondido no seu canto
– reward: recompensar / rewarded: recompensado
– trial and error: tentativa e erro
– level playing field: um campo de batalha justo (learn more: https://businessfluency.com.br/level-playing-field/)
– coworker: colega de trabalho

Now, watch the video:

We recommend you watch the video at least twice.

In the first time, pay attention to the use of the vocabulary presented above.

Before playing it for the second time, take a look at the questions below. After watching it, try to answer them correctly. 

1. According to the video, how do you get promoted?
a. Work hard and ask for more responsibility. 
b. Be useful and work long hours. 
c. Hire a mentor. 
d. Work hard, understand and follow the unspoken rules. 
2. What are some of the unspoken rules? You need to: 
a. Speak up
b. Build a new relationship
c. Ask a question
d. All of the above
3. What does the speaker suggest in order to master the unspoken rules? 
a. Check all the tasks off your to-do list as fast as possible.  
b. Take ownership and clarify: why, what, how and by when.
c. Send emails and 10-page memos. 
d. Obtain feedback from your coworkers. 

Check the answers at the bottom of the page. 

Practice Your Listening Comprehension and Writing

Have you observed unspoken rules throughout your career? 
Have you been an “outsider” as described in the video? How did you feel about that? 
Do you put yourself out there at work? 
What are you going to do differently after watching this video? 

5 respostas para “Unspoken Rules for Getting Promoted”

  1. Nowadays, is more clear to observed the unspoken rules that make me to go to the next level. I think be a observed, study, play hard and wait to the oportunities are de rules tha make me feel different. I like SO MUCH about de questions (why, what, how and by when), its say a lot off important solutions for the “problems” and, open our minds to see clear de oportunities.

    1. Awesome, Andres!! Good job!

      Thanks for sharing your point of view!

      Please find some considerations below:

      – to observe the unspoken rules
      – I think that being an observer, studious, go-getter and a person who waits for the opportunities are the rules that make me feel different
      – I like the question words so much
      – it says (OR better: gives) a lot of important
      – to see the opportunities clearer

  2. Throughout my career I has many good opportunities that maked me grow as a proffisional. I unserstood that building relationships could brings me promotion and it happened.
    What I didn’t realized that why actually that I do have more experience thinks could change? And than I started been an outsider and I was not paying attention in unspoken rules. After whatching this vídeo it is very clear that I need to put myself out there at work and ask for a feedback .

    1. Excellent, Lucia!

      I’m so glad to hear you got a promotion and all the good things that happened in your career! You deserve only the best! 😉

      Please find some considerations below:
      – I’ve had many good opportunities that made me grow as a professional
      – I understood
      – could bring me promotions
      – “What I didn’t realized that why actually that I do have more experience thinks could change?” – this part sounds a bit confusing to me; could you please rephrase it?
      – and then I started to be
      – I was not paying attention to the
      – watching

      See you! Keep it up!

      1. Hi Karen, thank’s for your attention.
        Sorry about the mess .
        What I mean is Why actually that I do have more exerience thinks didint change?

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