By Patrick Galvin, Author of The Connector's Way: A Story About Building Business One Relationship at a Time (get it here)
Having a strong network of connections means being able to request help when you need it. Unfortunately, many people are afraid to ask. This is a shame because research shows that people underestimate by as much as 50% the willingness of others to be helpful.
Here are three things to remember when asking your connections for support:
First, be specific. As close as you are to your connections, they aren’t mind readers. Articulate exactly what you need to achieve your goals.
Second, be direct. Don’t undermine your own efforts by beating around the bush or using weak words like “just” (“if you could just…”).
Third, be sincere. Be upfront about what you hope to achieve and the steps you’ll take to follow through. Then work hard to make things happen.
Where do you need help and who can help you? If you are confident in your abilities and you’ve focused on bringing value to your relationships, there’s no reason to feel uncomfortable asking for what you need.
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