Once you have something that will add value to people’s lives, it’s time to ask for help. The internet has made asking for favors a normal introduction, but that’s just not good manners. You must take the time to create relationships before you ever think of asking for help. And then, once you do create a strong relationship, always strive to give more than you take — that’s how you make a bigger impact with your life.In relationships, always strive to give more than you take -- that's how you make a bigger impact. Click To Tweet
So, how do you ask for help from others in the right way? Here are three steps to become better at asking people for their help with your product launch:
1. Put the effort in before asking for help.
Whether you need help promoting your product, or you need answers for the many questions you have, you should already be adding value in some way, or at least trying to. People want to help other people who are working hard to achieve their dreams, because helpers know that those individuals are devoted to finding success. In other words, they’re not going to waste their time. Successful people want to know how much of a time investment it will be to provide help, so the more legwork you can do, and show them that you are putting in the necessary effort beforehand, the more likely you are to receive help.
2. Tell people what you really want and need from them.
This may seem like common sense, but I can’t tell you how many emails I get from people who want help, but are too vague to know the intentions of the person asking for help. I usually pass on emails like these for this very reason. If someone doesn’t first believe in themselves, it’s very difficult to tell if it is going to be worth my time. Believe in your own potential, and then make the ask. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of bravery.Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of bravery. Click To Tweet
3. Realize that asking isn’t difficult, and the worst thing that someone could answer back with is “no.”
First off, people can be really generous. I believe that and you should, too. This being said, the fear of hearing “no” can be the biggest deterrent to someone asking for help, but the fear of not finding success should always be bigger than the fear of what other people think — always. People aren’t as scary as you may thing, and you must get over that fear to make a difference in this world.
Ask people for help, offer them something even better in return, and keep going, even if the answer is “no.” Research even shows that you are more likely to get a “yes” if you ask again after hearing a “no,” so your best answer may be to ask a second time. (Please use discretion.) Always remember that your work is too important to let a “no” stop you from reaching your dreams.
Put the effort in, tell people what you really want, and realize that asking isn’t difficult, and help will be much easier to find with your next product launch.