Do you want things? I sure do. But you know who REALLY wants things and actually gets them? My three-year-old son, Everett. Here are some tricks I’ve learned from him that we can all apply at work (and at home too).
1. ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT
I’ve been told – many times by someone I love and am married to – that no one can read my mind. I always think that people will notice that I’m doing a great job and that I’ll get rewarded for it. But that’s just not the case. People are busy! They are focused on putting out fires and sometimes can’t see how great things are
going. So don’t be shy about praising yourself and asking for what you want! They’re not going to know unless you say it out loud.
2. PUT SOME SUGAR ON IT
It’s rarely about what you ask for but how you ask it. Put yourself in their shoes. Would you rather do something for someone who asked nicely or someone who demanded something? So don’t forget your good attitude and ‘please’ at the door!
3. TIMING IS EVERYTHING
We’re in traffic, everyone is hungry, and work is blowing up. This is when my son decides it would be a good time to ask for that new Paw Patroller! Bad timing young man. When asking for what you want, take into account how business is going, how your boss is feeling, and if he/she has eaten. No one will say yes when they’re #hangry.
4. GET READY FOR A ‘NO’
I say no a lot because it’s so much harder to say yes. A ‘no’ keeps the status quo whereas ‘yes’ means that person has to do something new. If you do get a ‘no’, be ready to spew some awesome facts about why you need and deserve what you want.
5. ASK AGAIN
Of all these tips, my son is the best at this one! People seem to have something more important to deal with than what you want – wah wah. In your initial ask, end the convo with: “When can I follow up with you about this?” It gives you permission to ask again. It’ll be a great way to keep them account- able and an easy way to bring it back up when the time is right.
6. SCREAM AND HOLLA
Just kidding! Do NOT do this. And actually, this is the one that my son is really, really good at. However, if this has worked for you, please DM me and let me know how!
7. SHOW MASSIVE APPRECIATION
There is no greater satisfaction than seeing the pure joy on my son’s face when he gets what he wants. And, I actually remember that reaction when he inevitably get what you want, show some extra gratitude. It’ll only help pave the way for your next ask!