Ask For What You Want!
I’ve asked a lot of questions in my career. From my experience, that’s how you learn. It’s also how you get what you want. The problem is … if you don’t know how to ask for what you want, you don’t get what you want. You will no doubt get what you don’t want.
So, is there a formula, or a secret to asking for what you want? Read what one of my mentors says about how you ask for what you want. After you’re done, leave a comment to let me know how you ask for what you want, and then subscribe to my blog if you haven’t already done so. Here goes …
“Even though we are among the richest persons on earth, there comes a time when we have to ask for something. This proves that richness is never absolute. Even the richest person needs to ask people to do something for them. And when these people decline, it adds to the hurt.
A highly effective person is one who can ask for things in such a way that people offer to do it for them. Can you do that? Can you achieve perfection in this all-important skill?
When you have to ask someone for something, one of the first things you have to do is to use the right approach. You shouldn’t be too humble about what you are asking and you shouldn’t be too proud either. Ask casually, as a friend would ask another.
You should not let the other person feel like you are asking them arrogantly and at the same time you should not let them feel that they are doing a favor on you. Both extremes can have disastrous results in the long run.
So, when you are asking, have a smile on your face. Ask what you want directly, without hemming and hawing too much. Get straight to the point. Ask first, and then explain why you want that particular thing, again in very few words. Don’t beat around the bush. People should see that you are being practical about it. The demeanor should be thus—“I need something today, so I am asking you; when you need something tomorrow, I’ll help you out.”
Don’t feel inclined to go into detailed reasons for what you are asking unless the other person asks you precisely for it. If you are asking for money, you need not state the purpose in detail, but you will have to give a general idea to the person as to where you are going to spend their money—for an urgent hospital bill or to make a mortgage payment or to buy something. People like to know where their favors are going, but they don’t need to know too many details. That bores them.
Always make a promise as to when you will return what you are asking for, or how you will repay the favor later on. And stand by that promise when the time comes. This ensures good credit for you in the long run.
Above all, you need to remember that people are meant to help each other out in times of difficulty. If you are asking for help today, the tables may very well turn and someone will ask you for help tomorrow. Don’t disappoint them then. If you have a mind to help others out when you are able, people will read it and will extend you help today.’
If you’re asking for the sale, you have permission to ask how your customer would like to make payment. To even give them a choice is quite acceptable … like asking “by check or credit card?” Remember, if you don’t ask, you will not get what you want.
If you’re asking for a grant, or loan funding, the ask is in the form of an application with the appropriate supporting documentation, which may include a business plan. If you want what you’re asking for, be sure to give the information you are being asked for. No more, no less; except if more will be an explanation about something that will answer any questions. If, for instance, credit questions come up in a loan application, give the answers in a separate letter or informational document so the lender doesn’t feel you’re willfully withholding information. In this case, more is better. The key in a loan request of any sort is to ensure you let the lender know how and when you propose the loan will be repaid.
Ask with confidence; act with integrity, and you are more certain to get what you ask for!
I hope you enjoyed this post. Keep an eye out for more. This is only the beginning.
V. Lynn Hawkins, Biz Coach and Consultant,
Creator of the “7-Hour Biz Plan Blueprint Workshop”
President, Skyhawk Biz Coaching and Consulting
Contributing Author: Stephanie Mulac, author, mentor and coach. Stephanie Mulac has spent 20 years as an entrepreneur in the technology and self improvement industry and has coached thousands of students to financial freedom through effective use of their inner power. Stephanie spends her time with family as “Master Manifestors” and they are RVers traveling the US.
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