By Margarita Bertsos, Glamour magazine
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Even the most confident worker bee in the world-like, for example, you!-can get a little nervous when she needs to have a tough talk with the head honcho. But as long as you stay calm (even if you're faking it) and keep the focus on the work, your manager may be thanking you as you exit her office. Three bigwigs who've seen it done right and very, very wrong teach you the most successful strategies.
The Toughie: You're overwhelmed with a capital O, and need your boss to help you prioritize.
The Time to Ask: "Before you reach your choke point," says Patricia Wadors, senior vice president of human resources at consumer-electronics maker Plantronics.
Your Strategy: Be straightforward, and leave emotion out of it. "Say, 'I want to continue to focus on the things you think really matter. Can we review the projects I'm working on to see which are most important to you?'" suggests Elisa Steele, chief marketing officer at Yahoo. Asking for help is not a