The Best Ways to Ask for Help
Have you ever had a question you felt too nervous to ask? Asking for help is a skill that can unlock doors to new knowledge, growth and achievement. Whether you’re facing a challenging problem, trying to learn something new, or need support, seeking help is a powerful tool.
On your team, your leaders are ready to help you, but we know it can be challenging to ask for assistance. Let’s explore the best way to ask for help, empowering you to build bridges that lead to success.
- Be Clear About What You Need: Before approaching someone for help, take a moment to identify exactly what your question or concern is. Being clear about your request will make it easier for others to understand and provide the right support. Outline the specific problem or task, and if possible, describe the efforts you’ve already made to address it.
- Be Respectful of Their Time: When asking for help, respect the other person’s time and commitments. Choose an appropriate time to approach them and be considerate of their schedule.
- Be Open and Honest: Honesty is the foundation of trust. Be open about your challenges or lack of understanding. It’s okay not to have all the answers, and admitting it shows humility and a willingness to learn.
- Remember the solution: Have you ever met someone who keeps asking the same question over and over again? That’s not the best use of anyone’s time. So, when you ask a question, do your best to pay attention to the solution. If things get confusing, consider writing down the solutions you learn somewhere you can refer to, like a notebook.
- Pay it forward: We all need to ask for help now and then. When someone asks for help, and you know the answer, share your knowledge. It’s a way of paying forward the help you received and making our team stronger.
- Consider a situation where you needed help with something, but you hesitated to ask for help. How would you approach the situation knowing what you know now?
- Have you ever felt afraid to ask a question? How would you handle that situation moving forward?