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