POSI-TALK Challenge Infographic

 
A small adjustment with word usage can have a powerful impact elevating your customer or client experience, with an increase to your bottom line income as a by-product.  Word of mouth [aka online reviews] is still the best advertising to maintain and expand a business and your reputation.  POSI-TALK also goes a long way to increasing morale and productive team interactions among co-workers too.  

To create some friendly competition, consider getting teammates to participate in the POSI-TALK Challenge below the infographic.

Take the POSI-TALK Challenge
Place an empty clear cup or jar in a prominent place in the office for all team members to be able to view it.

THE CHALLENGE:

For the next 2 weeks (3/20) try to avoid using Negative talk by replacing it with POSI-TALK words or phrases. If someone on the team checks you saying a negative word, you have to place a penny in the jar.  It will be a learning experience for everyone.  Persons saying "CHECK" will start checking themselves.

Everyone is a winner and no one loses, if you dare take the challenge.  Let's have some fun doing it, as we all learn together.

50 Steps To Implement A Successful Intrapreneur Program

 
Similar to what happens when employees are promoted to manager without managerial training, identifying potential Intrapreneur talent requires a solid, company mission focused development plan.
As a person who cares about the success of your company, you want to be clear in your mind that an Intrapreneur program is not a silver bullet for companies experiencing organizational issues that require senior leadership to solve. For those types of serious issues I recommend engaging a company that specializes in turning companies around, like Board of Retired CEOs run by trusted business associate Ted Santos. Visit www.BoardOfRetiredCEOs.com to check out business case articles published on their web site.

The focus of developing an Intrapreneur program is to provide a company with 21st century competitive advantage with "1st to market" products and/or services. This is achieved by identifying, training and most importantly, empowering key employees who display unorthodox business savvy initiatives that benefit their departments, teams and the company in achieving its mission.

Unlike definitive careers (i.e. accountant, engineer, teacher etc.), being an Intrapreneur is not a career path. Being an Intrapreneur is a high quality service performed across job functions. A person working in the mail room could be an Intrapreneur just the same as an architect being an Intrapreneur within her department. Intrapreneurship is an action oriented, fearless mindset combined with a problem solving attitude that has a laser beam focus on leveraging the talent of a well developed people network inside and outside the company.  This sets the stage for collaborative synergies that create Solutionsidentify competitive advantage Benefits and achieve RESULTS.

Phase I - STAKEHOLDER ALIGNMENT

Step 1: Engage all stakeholders and coordinate with Human Resources from the beginning to drive the development of the Intrapreneur program.
Step 2: Identify 1 to 3 senior executives willing to champion the Intrapreneur program throughout the senior leadership team
Step 3: Get CEO / Senior Executives buy in.
Step 4: Engage an Intrapreneur consulting company to help expedite intrapreneurship program implementation.
Step 5: Engage seasoned internal and external intrapreneurs to lead training workshops and share experience knowledge.
Step 6: Emphasize company ownership of the internal management to ensure achievement of the Intrapreneur program results and the success of each Intrapreneur employee.

Phase II - Network and Strategy Preparation

Step 7: Identify case studies of Intrapreneur success stories.
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Phase III - Program Development

Step 17: Define goals and objectives of Intrapreneur Program and align the program with company mission, values and vision.Subscribe in right column to get the other 12 steps in Phase III

Phase IV - Program Implementation

Step 39: Start an Intrapreneur ERG Incubator w/ $2,500 to $5,000 budget.Subscribe in right column to get the other steps in Phase III

Phase V - Evaluate ROI To Improve Success

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About the Author - click here to contact CarlWith corporate travels from the mail room to the board room, Carl E. Reid knows what it takes to be successful in the business arena. He has over 46 years of business experience, including 34 years as an information technology expert, 20 years as a business startup / career coach and 23 years as a successful entrepreneur. In addition to being founder of Savvy Intrapreneur, Carl has been a professional blogger and social media expert since 2004. In addition to being a sought after speaker, he publishesLibrary of Congress recognizedblogs www.SavvyIntrapreneur.com andwww.iTechSpeak.com . Carl has been published in "Network World" and "Computer Monthly" magazines, resulting in being a technology expert witness in court. 
Email: IGetSmart@SavvyIntrapreneur.com
Web: www.CarlEReid.com
Tel: 201-222-5390
Twitter: @CarlEReid @Intrapreneur @iTechSpeak
Click here to view Carl's Amazon Author page

Intrapreneurs Help Mr. Change Kill Status Quo

When it comes to change, resistance is futile.  Most people have a hard time dealing with change.  Status quo tends to be the dictator of office work environments.  Mr. Change usually spoils all the fun Status quo has with having cheer sessions by the office water cooler, where conversations promote complacency. "Don't rock the boat" and "that's the way it has always worked" are whispering sidebar meeting conversations between people, which Status quo loves to encourage.

For some excellent tips on joining forces with Mr. Change,  the theme during the recent sa.am interview with Carl E. Reid, CSI focused on Intrapreneurship, a passion for the only thing that stays the same: Change

Intrapreneurial strategy is to embrace "Change" as your friend.  For savvy intrapreneurs being agile, nimble, innovative, creative, flexible and keeping your options open embraces Mr. Change as your best friend.
Intrapreneurship, a passion for the only thing that stays the same: Change - See more at: http://sa.am/2013/09/20/intrapreneurship-a-passion-for-the-only-thing-that-stays-the-same-change/#sthash.elalsEM6.dpuf

10 Powerful LinkedIn Networking Tips (Part II)

This is part II of a 2-part article.  Read part I article here with first 5 tips.
With the success of my 2 popular books, "10 Powerful Networking Secrets Of Influential People" and "10 Powerful Networking Tips Using Business Cards", the same proven "High Tech HIGH TOUCH" networking principles can be applied to personalized networking within the LinkedIn social network.
If you look at my LinkedIn profile you will see approximately 1,600 people in my network.  Although that may seem like a small network, I can 100% guarantee that I can ask ANYONE in my network for a favor. That translates into 1,600 reliable people gateways who are willing to leverage thousands of people in their cumulative networks.  Can peIople who have upwards of 10,000+ LinkedIn connections make the same 100% claim? Networking on LinkedIn or any social media platform is about developing quality human relationships, not a "score card" quantity of connections.

What is your percentage of people you can tap for a favor, because they know you on a personal level?  If your answer is 100%, read no further . . . In comments below, feel free to share positive methods you use to network on LinkedIn.  Click here for first LinkedIn networking 5 tips shared in Part I article.

1. Follow The Law of Attraction
2. Maintain Your Brand By Pinging People
3. Avoid Wearing Amateur Label
4. Act Invisible. Be Invisible.5. Be A Groupee Activist
6. Backup Connections To Feed and Prune Your Network
Experience has shown it is a great idea to back up your LinkedIn connections. Should any unforeseen event make your LinkedIn connections unavailable online, they can always be referenced  through an offline spreadsheet.

More importantly, you can upload the back up copy of your LinkedIn contacts to a LISTSERV type mailing list (i.e . Constant Contact, Mail Chimp, Yahoo Groups  aWeber ) I use Electric Embers as my email distribution system to share information with people in my network.  Unlike those people who think their LinkedIn connections are really interested in receiving personal updates on your career, you can share information of real value via direct email. Used properly and sparingly, email allows feeding, nurturing and engaging your LinkedIn connections.  A great example of sharing valuable information is 18 year old successful business professional and entrepreneur, Marc Guberti, who has almost 300,000 Twitter followers. Check out Marc's recent monthly performance report,  which he emails to people in his network.  While explaining what he has been up to, Marc also shares actionable information people in his network can use for their own success.

DO NOT use your regular email system to communicate with your LinkedIn contacts as a distribution group, unless you want to get blacklisted as a spammer. Consider using mailing systems like Constant Contact, Mail Chimp, Yahoo Groups  aWeber or [I use] Electric Embers.
7. Become A People Magnet With Edification
A true statement of basic human can be found in Dale Carnegie's book "How To Win Friends And Influence People In The Digital Age". Mr. Carnegie says "In order for people to be interested in you, You have to be interested in them.   Commenting and especially sharing articles, LinkedIn posts, Twitter REtweets or Facebook posts written by people in your network is the best way to show you are interested in what they say, do or think.
In Chapter 8 of my book  "10 Powerful Networking Secrets Of Influential People" I talk about edification being the super glue of networking.   When you share what others in your network post on various social media platforms, this is the very best way people in your network will take notice of you and your interests.
When you LIKE a post you're saying to that person in your network "that's nice, but not important enough for me to share with my network or waste my time to comment on it".
When you LIKE and COMMENT on a post you're saying to that person in your network "that's nice and what you posted is worth my time in making a comment".  Beyond showing an interest in that person, COMMENTS are catalysts for starting conversations, which develop relationships.  I think I read that in a networking book once. :-)
What do think those persons in your network will think of you or respond when you ASK for a favor, if you do all 3 social media actions of LIKE, COMMENT AND SHARE [REtweet] of their post or article?  
You set yourself apart and make a lasting impression with people in your network, with that extra effort to be interested in people. Now you're positioned to tap people in your network for an ASK.

8. Vanity Domain Be Thy Brand Name.
With almost 450million members, I'm sure you will agree LinkedIn gets its fair share of promotion and free advertising. Much of that promotion comes from LinkedIn members sharing their very long profile link that looks like http://LinkedIn.com/in/Your Name/6543216.  Although that's nice your name is part of the LinkedIn link, it's not portable nor memorable, in terms of people easily remembering that link to connect or reconnect with you, after an interaction. Do you think anyone will remember your LinkedIn profile link, if they want to get in touch with you in the future?  

For about a $20 investment per year you can purchase a vanity, branded domain name www.YourName.com, which you can point to your LinkedIn profile.
For example, clicking a business associate's domain www.TianaKReid.com takes you to the LinkedIn profile of Tiana K. Reid. Ms. Reid tells me people do take notice with her branded domain name and branded email address Tiana[@]tianakreid.com on her resume and business cards.
The Magic Of Having Your Own Domain Name
When you buy your own domain name your branding visibility increases by 100% In the following ways:
  • www.YourName.com becomes your instant web site, with LinkedIn doing all the work for you.
  • When anyone types www.YourName.com into a web browser that person is transparently taken to your LinkedIn profile.
  • Placing www.YourName.com on your resume contact info makes you stand out as a professional business person to be taken seriously in being considered an asset to the potential employer company.
  • You position yourself for elevating your brand another 100%, if you decide to acquire a vanity email address
  • Having a branded domain name makes the search engines (i.e. Google, Yahoo etc. ) your best friends. Expect that recruiters, talent scouts, human resources, hiring managers or key decision makers will Google your name. What would they find now. Google your name to answer that question. Having a branded domain name increase s your Internet presence in being more visible.
  • Having www.YourName.com makes a better impression on a business card, instead of the long LinkedIn address link no one will remember.
  • www.YourName.com can be placed in your email signature. 
  • Be Found When People Look For You.  People will find you easier when they type your name into a web browser search.

9. Show Your Summary. Don't Tell.
Show and tell was always a  exciting part of elementary school. The curiosity factor always engaged every student in class, as we watched each student bring something to class to talk about.  Your LinkedIn profile summary should invoke that curious nature that every reader of your summary has inside themselves.
Focus your LinkedIn profile on how your skills, experience or services provides Solutions, Benefits or Results for the reader. Tell a story about yourself in the 3rd Person, which allows you to shamelessly brag about your accomplishments.  It's OK. In the 21st Century it's called "branding" yourself.
Respect the time of business professionals visiting your LinkedIn profile. In 3 succinct sentences paint a picture about yourself that makes people want to read the rest of your LinkedIn profile.

Feel free to contact me, if you need help tightening your LinkedIn summary.

10. Leverage Your Network As A Valuable Commodity
I used to be very bothered when sales messages showed up in my LinkedIn Inbox from unknown people not in my network.
One day I had an epiphany . . . Think of everyone you encounter as a Stargate or Gateway to other opportunities, once they become 1st level LinkedIn connections. When you are directly connected to a person who has 50 people in their network, that means you now have 51 people in your network too. This simple concept creates a powerful hook. The person who sends a Linked message toting their products or services wants your attention.

Spin An Unwanted Message Into Gold
You can turn an unwanted LinkedIn message into an opportunity to expand your sphere of influence. I usually reply to the message sender with "Thanks for reaching out [Sender's Name].  I'm always open to explore opportunities with all of my 1st level LinkedIn connections. Please send me a LinkedIn invitation to connect."  
They get something [your attention] and you get something [more people in your network] with each 1st level LinkedIn connection.

Share Your LinkedIn Networking Strategies
I am interested to know any LinkedIn networking tips you use to develop relationships, if wish to share in the comments below.

BONUS: Visit www.CarlEReid.com to grab a free copy of my eBook 10 Powerful Networking Tips Using  Business Cards - Global Edition

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What is a Savvy Intrapreneur?

A Bio is Career Management Formal Wear

About the Author - click here to contact CarlWith corporate travels from the mail room to the board room, Carl E. Reid knows what it takes to be successful in the business arena. He has over 46 years of business experience, including 34 years as an information technology expert, 20 years as a business startup / career coach and 23 years as a successful entrepreneur. In addition to being founder of Savvy Intrapreneur, Carl has been a professional blogger and social media expert since 2004. In addition to being a sought after speaker, he publishes Library of Congress recognizedblogs www.SavvyIntrapreneur.com and www.iTechSpeak.com . Carl has been published in "Network World" and "Computer Monthly" magazines, resulting in being a technology expert witness in court. 
Email: IGetSmart@SavvyIntrapreneur.com 
Web: www.CarlEReid.com 
Tel: 201-222-5390 
Twitter: @CarlEReid @Intrapreneur @iTechSpeak
Click here to view Carl's Amazon Author page

10 Powerful LinkedIn Networking Tips (Part I)

This is part I of a 2 part article.   Read Part II here.

With the success of my 2 popular books, "10 Powerful Networking Secrets Of Influential People" and "10 Powerful Networking Tips Using Business Cards", the same proven "High Tech HIGH TOUCH" networking principles can be applied to  personalized networking with LinkedIn.
If you look at my LinkedIn profile you will see approximately 1,600 people in my network. Although that may seem like a small network, I can 100% guarantee that I can ask ANYONE in my network for a favor. That translates into 1,600 reliable people gateways who are willing to leverage thousands of people in their cumulative networks. Can people who have upwards of 10,000+ LinkedIn connections make the same 100% claim?  Networking on LinkedIn or any social media platform is about developing quality relationships, not quantity of connections.
What is your percentage of people you can tap for a favor, because they know you on a personal level?  If your answer is 100%, read no further . . . In comments below, feel free to share positive methods you use to network on LinkedIn.
1. Follow The Law of Attraction
The goal of each person's existence on LinkedIn should be to attract the attention of other like minded individuals to engage in conversation or social media interaction that develops or leads to mutually beneficial outcomes.
The number of mutually beneficial outcomes from LinkedIn network connections is unlimited. This only happens with an engaging profile Summary. Your LinkedIn Summary is the honey pot for attracting interest from profile visitors.

Your profile Summary should be comprised of 3 motivating ingredients to make your visitor want to read the rest of your LinkedIn profile:
- Be brief
- Tell a story about results achieved
- Tune in to your visitor's WIIFM (how can I help you?)
2. Maintain Your Brand By Pinging People
During my "Power Networking In A Social Media World" seminars at least one person asks me "how do I keep up with all the people my network?".  There are several ways to stay in touch, without impacting your daily work / personal schedule.  Let's start with LinkedIn's pinging tool explained below.
How much longer does it take to spell out the word "Congratulations", adding a couple of more PERSONAL words [on your promotion, job anniversary, birthday etc.]" vs. just quickly sending the LinkedIn canned word "Congrats".
I make a habit to ping 3 to 5 people at least 3-4 times a week. It takes less than 5 minutes, but each personal note buys me a lasting, memorable commercial with each person I ping. Sometimes I get responses back, which means a home run in developing a continued relationship with that person.
Think of LinkedIn congratulations messages as your own personal TV commercial with a captured audience.
Who would you more easily remember and want to continue developing a relationship ? . . . . 49 people creating a blurry moment in your mind by lazily sending "Congrats" in 49 separate messages?
OR
THE person who creates a memorable impression by taking time to write you a personalized 1 sentence note?
3. Avoid Wearing Amateur Label
LinkedIn provides canned messages as examples to jump start or continue conversations. Using LinkedIn canned messages "as is" places the words "networking amateur" squarely on your forehead.  Since the LinkedIn smart phone / mobile app automatically uses the canned messages, I always wait until I'm in front of a computer so I have more control customizing my messages.
For the same reasons mentioned above, I have learned to increase my sphere of influence 100% by sending personalized LinkedIn invitations to connect.
Increase the chances of each person accepting your LinkedIn invitation by adding an "ice breaker sentence". Your opening sentence preceding the LinkedIn canned invitation message makes for a warmer, trusted acceptance of your invitation to connect on LinkedIn. Below are suggested opening sentences.
In order to know a person take time to research [Google] what motivates them or find out what business interests, projects, or community associations they're involved in. Then consider placing the suggested opening phrases below, in front of the LinkedIn canned invite message:
  •  It was great meeting you at . . .
  • I read your article [title] ...
  • Congratulations on your recent promotion I read in [reference newspaper / blog / press release site]. . .
  • I noticed you and I are both interested in . . .
  • [If connecting with CEOs / senior executives] I read a press release about your company's new initiative . . .
  • Since we are members of [Group name] on LinkedIn. . .
  • You and I are involved in similar community interests related to . . .
  • I listened to your talk on . . .
By now you get the idea and can add your own personal opening phrase to create a warm, trusted LinkedIn invitation that makes each person willingly accept and be excited about being in your network.
4. Act Invisible. Be Invisible.
There are many good reasons for a missing LinkedIn profile picture. None of those reasons hold any importance to the person visiting your LinkedIn profile. As Bob Burg mentions in his book Endless Referrals, "people do business with people they know like and trust".  As THE first point of contact, your LinkedIn profile picture with a smiling head shot immediately creates a warm, memorable 1st impression.
When I receive a LinkedIn invitation from a person with no profile picture, how can a trusted relationship evolve if I don't know who it is? NO PICTURE. NO CONNECTION.
5. Be A Groupee Activist
Join LinkedIn groups related to your professional, personal and community interests.  Also consider starting a LinkedIn group centered around topics related to your offering of business problem solutions.
Performing 3 actions in LinkedIn groups increases  your opportunities to attract people to be part of your network.  You can shine as an expert in your business specialties by
  • Asking questions
  • Answering questions
  • Liking and Commenting on answers / questions.
Invite active group members to join your LinkedIn network. Contrary to popular belief, people in LinkedIn groups are NOT automatically connected to each other. Using the commonality of group association in your opening sentence (Tip #3 above), you must still send a LinkedIn invitation to connect with people in each group you join.
Stay tuned for part II of this 2 part series . . .
About the Author - click here to contact Carl
With corporate travels from the mail room to the board room, Carl E. Reid knows what it takes to be successful in the business arena. He has over 46 years of business experience, including 34 years as an information technology expert, 20 years as a business startup / career coach and 23 years as a successful entrepreneur. In addition to being founder of Savvy Intrapreneur, Carl has been a professional blogger and social media expert since 2004. In addition to being a sought after speaker, he publishes Library of Congress recognized blogs www.SavvyIntrapreneur.com and www.iTechSpeak.com . Carl has been published in "Network World" and "Computer Monthly" magazines, resulting in being a technology expert witness in court. 
Email: IGetSmart@SavvyIntrapreneur.com 
Web: www.CarlEReid.com 
Tel: 201-222-5390 
Twitter: @CarlEReid @Intrapreneur @iTechSpeak
Click here to view Carl's Amazon Author page

Intrapreneur Future Of Work Volume 1 Issue 1

 
While Intrapreneurs are managing the business of companies with innovative solutions, who is managing the YOUR CAREER, as an Intrepreneur? Certainly a Savvy Intrapreneur would not dream of outsourcing their career development to the company human resources department. That would go against the grain of Intrapreneurship, with being that rainmaker and solutions focused employee.

By all means take advantage of any education, employee resource groups or other new skills development activities provided by the Human Resources department or senior management. Attending company paid conferences are good fuel to propel careers.
In between helping company executives and CEOs identify candidates and implement Intrapreneur programs, Savvy Intrapreneur provides career management education programs to Intrapreneurs.

Ocassionally, we will publish opportunities and resources to position intrapreneurs to make informed business career managent decisions. A good primer for Savvy Intrapreneurs to stay career nimble is the book Crazy Is A Compliment - The Power Of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags by Linda Rotenberg.  

The Future Of Work For Intrapreneurs

Some Intrapreneurial business intelligence to consider that is coming over your future horizon . . .

Don't Dream of Asking for a Raise

"Success Happens When Preparedness Meets Opportunity" -Steven Spielberg

You can actually ask for a raise any time you want. No way . . . Yes way. This is one of those rules that is not in the employee handbook. Oh, there is something in there about performance reviews; when, why and how they happen. It's usually written to be ambiguous, open ended and uniform for "fairness" throughout the organization. This allows managers to have a very wide latitude in determining who, when and for what reasons a raise is given. It gives managers the authority to make judgment calls. With that single thought in mind, who says a person can't ask for a raise in between those predetermined times. How about a raise right after your 3 month probation of starting a job? How about a raise every 8 months, instead once a year etc.)?

Warning: If you're satisfied with what you currently earn, based on the work you do, then read no further. If 35,000 people say it can't be done and 1 person achieves it, who's right?


The hardest part of asking for a raise is just deciding to go for it. It's just that simple.
 
Asking for a raise is not exclusive to employees. Self employed consultants or companies that provide services to a client can ask for a raise, as well. Why? Because it's another unwritten rule we are made to believe does not exist. If it were in writing, then everybody would ask for a raise whenever they determined they deserved one. Now we can't have that, can we?


Don't Even Dream of Asking for a Raise . . . Verbally. 

 
If you ask for a raise verbally, it makes "No" come faster than "Yes". A verbal request isn't taken as seriously as a written request. This type of sensitive conversation "never happened", if it is not put in writing. A verbal request for a raise provides too many opportunities for Mr. Excusitist to appear. Putting the request in writing still may not be enough to get you closer to "Yes". Unless you take time to analyze, plan, and document before putting your request in writing, asking for a raise is usually a disappointing exercise in futility.


Analyze <> Plan <> Document your way to a raise.
AnalyzePerform a self assessment covering the period of time since your last review/raise. Carefully review your job description or scope of work. Answer the questions below. It's crucial to be honest with yourself. Ask yourself: 1. Have I exceeded the expectations on each responsibility assigned to me? Which responsibilities have I only met the expectation? Why? What can I do to improve? 2. Is my area running lean with limited staff resources causing me to do more than my share of work? When have I performed above an beyond the call of duty? 3. What accomplishments have I achieved since my last review/raise? List them. What have I done that saved time, money or improved productivity/team morale / customer service /profits / departmental success / made my manager look good? Have I received any written testimonials from other clients, customers, co-workers or managers / executives? 
Plan
The time to ask for a raise can be tactical in execution, but it doesn't have to be. Since there is no set rule for asking for a raise, timing has no set rule either. Give yourself at least 3 month intervals, before making your case each time. Be prepared to negotiate your pay raise. Ask for more than you are willing to settle for. If you want a 10% raise, ask for a 15% raise. Similar to haggling with a street vendor, this leaves room for negotiating. Never give away your bottom line. If you only end up with 5%, you're ahead because you received a raise before the rule book said you were supposed to get it Try it again in 3 more months. Anything is negotiable.

When are good times to ask for a raise?


- During a hiring freeze.
- When you and your manager are getting along well.
- When 3 months have passed since you last raise/review.
- When someone in your department gets laid off or leaves.
- Right after you or your manager comes back from vacation.
- Have you been voted employee of the month?
- When your manger or co-workers give you credit on a project well done.
- When the department or manager receives recognition.
Any time is a good time, as long as you do your homework to prepare your case. 
Document
Insure you have enough documentation to back up your request. I never try to waste brain power trying to remember anything I can look up. Keep a journal. Every few days or once a week, make entries of accomplishments. Exceptional things that happen at work or whatever you feel will help your cause in requesting a raise over the next 3 months, is what you enter into your journal. The journal also covers you, in cases where deficiencies may be identified by your manager. The journal may indicate you were doing a particular task or project which is why you could not complete the task being questioned. 

Regular journal entries will make it easier to justify, in writing, why you feel you deserve a raise. If all you do results in a "No" anyway, have no fear. Develop the attitude of the world's greatest sales people. Then try again in another 3 months. After all, no one ever died from hearing the word "No". The person saying "No" figures they probably won't hear from you again, until it's time for them to do your performance review. This is another unwritten rule. 

Ask yourself "Based on my current performance and accomplishments, Do I really deserve to have to wait a whole year for a raise?" Who made up that rule?
 
P.S. - Copy your manager's boss (s/he is also your boss) when you submit your request. You don't have anything to lose and you might get a serious champion for your cause.