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by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Communication, Make It Happen Tipsheet, NetworkingTagged as: ,

We ask others for things all of the time: on the job, with our families, and in the community. Yet, we aren’t always met with the response we want.

How can we improve our odds?  Here are four suggestions:

1) Ask for something specific. If people don’t know exactly what you want, they will always decline. No one likes to agree to something that is vague or poorly described.  And no one like to sign a blank check.

2) Ask someone specifically. If you ask a group, then you’re gambling that one person will put up their hand – and it may not be the right person. Why not ask the best person right at the outset?

3) Ask with their needs in mind. If you are able to tilt your request to take into account their needs and self-motivation, then you are more likely to get their enthusiastic buy-in.

4) Ask with a deadline. Without a sense of urgency, their response can be deferred indefinitely. Setting a deadline forces them to decide within your timeframe, and also provides an opportunity for your expected follow-up.


If you don’t ask, you don’t get – but how you ask will determine how much you get. This is true when you are asking for a donation, asking your family to do something, or asking something of your manager or staff. This week, before you ask anything of anybody else, go through this list.

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