How to ask for what you want at work

With a specific end goal to get what you need in life and work, you need to get into the habit of asking for it. Be that as it may, many people don’t ask directly for what they need.

There are a few reasons why individuals might shy away from requesting for what they need, one of the fundamental reasons is that they don’t know how to ask. This article will provide five short tips  to help you ask for what you want at work. I’ve picked out five steps to start with:

  • Ask with confidence
  • Ask clearly
  • Ask the right person
  • Ask consistently
  • Think of the end in mind

Each of these steps are clarified below.

Ask with confidence 

You can project confidence with your non-verbal communication, your manner of speaking and by picking the correct words. Enquire as if you expect to get it. Prepare what you want to say in advance, even practice, and certainly think about how the person you are talking to receives information. Do they use short sentences, long words, are they a visual person, a detailed person. Think about how they will receive your request. This preparation will help build confidence when asking.

Ask clearly 

Set aside the opportunity to get ready so that you’re sure about precisely what it is that you need. The clearer your demand, the more probable it is that the other individual will have the capacity to meet it. Ensure that you request what you need, rather than concentrating on what you don’t need.

For instance, don’t simply tell your boss you need more help.. Let them know precisely what you need and provide specific examples of where help is needed. For example: “I need help at month-end to finalise the accounts as currently I am working double time to meet deadlines and ensure the numbers are correct.”

Ask the right person

You have to evaluate precisely who can give you what you require.  If you are not sure, or when you ask you do not get clear direction – ask who you need to speak to. Your manager should be the first port of call, but perhaps there are other people to consider in the decision, therefore find out who they are, and what the process is. And what the next steps are.

Ask Consistently 

If the request doesn’t go too well, think about how you have made your pitch, and whether it’s worth another shot. Salesmen often realise that they’re most likely going to be turned down a few times before they make the deal. Subsequently, they tune into the client’s worries and after that, they attempt again by offering an alternate answer for the client’s issue, or by tending to any feelings of trepidation they may have. In case you’re at first rejected when you ask for something, continue asking. Does not “No” signify “not now”, “not here”, “not yet”, or “you have to change your approach”. Be consistent. Don’t’ take the first rejection if this is important to you.

Think of the end in mind

Before asking, think of a good methodology for getting what you want. When you request something, you need to tell the other individual what’s in it for them. As Zig Ziglar says, “You can get everything in life you need in the event that you will sufficiently help individuals get what they need.”

For instance, in case you want to request for a raise at work, ensure that you can demonstrate to your supervisor that you’re worth more to the company than what you’re as of now being paid. Do the following steps:

  • Have clear cases of how you’re saving the company money;
  • Demonstrate to your manager that you’re doing duties that go past your expected set of responsibilities;
  • Have solid confirmation of the positive effect that you have on the company.

Telling your supervisor, “I need more money since I’ve had some unexpected costs”, is not going to get you a raise.

I hope you found these five tips useful. Preparation is key as businesses operate by numbers and facts therefore have the facts to hand. For more information on business and career coaching , and how to get what you want at work, contact me at