How many requests of others do you make in a day?
How many in a week?
How many in a year?
We can’t function in life alone. Making requests are a a vital part of communicating and working with others effectively
Yet, often we miss the mark. Things we ask for don’t get done, or get done incorrectly or only partially.
Consider these guidelines for your next request. It might seem like a lengthy list, but leaving any of it
out can lead to disappointment.
Make a direct request (don’t hint, or suggest, be clear)
Make to a specific person
Be clear about the action to be performed
Be clear about the reason for the request
Include a time frame
Consider the emotional context
Make the standards explicit (HOW do you need things done)
Check your body when making the request – hunched down does not show any legitimacy to request
Remove any jargon that could confuse
Choose your words carefully