The Secret Of Getting Others To Help You

Project TeamAs a manager, I rely on the effort of others to complete my projects. I encounter the same situation on the board of directors and as a youth group leader.

My success is dependent on the willingness of others, some of whom are volunteers, to contribute a small piece to the big puzzle.

Over the years, I have learned the secret of getting others to help me. The secret is that you need to know exactly what you need before you summon someone for help.

“Can you please review my executive presentation for spelling mistakes?” is better than “Can you help me with my presentation?” “Please introduce me to a senior manager at XYZ Company” is easier to achieve than “Help me get a job.” Others will be more inclined to say yes if your request is well-defined and time-constrained.

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2 thoughts on “The Secret Of Getting Others To Help You

  • 2009-09-04 at 02:20

    I agree with you. Beating around the bush will get us nowhere if we’re asking for help. It is counterproductive, to ask for help when we do not know what help we need. Good post-

  • 2009-09-04 at 06:37

    Aida, it is similar to searching in Google. If you search for “TV”, you’ll get all kinds of information about TV in general. If you search for “Sharp AQUOS LCD TV”, then it will take you directly to relevant and very specific information. As you said, there is no need to beat around the bush.


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