Talking to your boss about a raise can be an uncomfortable conversation— just ask Brzezinski. She’s been there— and gotten shot down—a few times. Her secret weapon for success: a list. “Make a list of everything you do, how much time it takes, and what value it brings to the company. Research what people in your position at other companies make for their accomplishments. How much value do they bring to the table? Do you bring more, and why?” Use this list as the basis of your conversation with your boss, and then ask for your salary to be increased to reflect your value.