“If you don’t ask, you don’t get”-Stevie Wonder
Let’s be honest, it’s scary to put yourself out there and make an ask. Yet, whether you’re pitching your work, wanting a raise, or seeking new opportunities, you have to shoot your shot to get what you want.
Here is a 4-point guide to making your ask:
“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it”- Maya Angelou
Make the decision to ask and stick to it. If you are hesitating, ask yourself these questions:
What do I want?
What will happen if I get it?
What will happen if I don’t?
Once you’ve decided, you’ll want to structure your ask so you are clear and direct. Think what, so what, now what:
What? What do you want or what are you offering?
So What? Why you want it, or why should they need it?
Now What? What are the next steps, what are the benefits?
The best way to combat nerves and ensure your message is clear is to practice. If your ask is in person, be sure to practice with a trusted friend or coach. If written, get someone to read it and ask for feedback.
Shoot your shot, then follow up. Got a yes right away? Awesome. No answer, or a no? It’s not over! Sometimes people need a few follow-ups before they say yes. Offer another opportunity to connect, ask more questions about what they need, or make an additional offer.
Need more help shooting your shot? Book a free consultation with me and let’s make it happen.