Gary Cohen asked me to guest blog. And we wanted something different. So he suggested that I ask my readers what questions they would like to hear me answer. I wondered, would I get a response?
So I emailed my weekly hero tip recipients, and over 100 really insightful questions later, I was clearly reminded of the power of asking.
But requests alone lack power. This blog post is titled “Offer and Ask”. It would not work as just “Ask”. And even “Ask and Offer” doesn’t work very well.
But when you focus your life on offers, it becomes easy when the time comes to ask. Think about all the offers you can make:
- Boss, is there anything I can help you with?
- Colleague, how can I support you on that project?
- Network, I have some knowledge or expertise that I’d like to share with anyone interested.
- Spouse, I know how hard you work. How can I help make your life easier?
- Kid, go clean up your room. (I couldn’t resist.)
We often convince ourselves that we are too busy to make offers, and then we feel squeamish about making requests. But offering help feels great. It is a wonderful end in and of itself. And when you’ve made offers, people are excited to help you in return.
So what will you offer today?
And what will you ask for tomorrow?
Causes Noah Blumenthal Supports
The Miami Children's Hospital - They receive 10% of all royalties from Be the Hero. Why? You'll have to read the book to find out.