Networking Tip: Don’t ask for a favor, ask for advice

Last week I attended the NSA (National Speakers Association) Convention in New York City.

Four days of magnificent content, performance and networking followed by a visit to the United Nations with the IFFPS (International Federation For Professional Speakers). It was great !

I learned a lot so I will share some of that with you during the next weeks. I also was able to interview some of my network colleagues from all around the world. You will also get those interviews in the next weeks.

For this week I’d like to share a tip I got from the session of Christine Comaford-Lynch at the NSA convention, which also can be found in her book “Rules for Renegades“.

The tip: stop asking for favors, ask for advice.

In networking this is a great tip. Your network is your greatest AND cheapest resource. But many people don’t tap into the power of it by not asking for help, asking the wrong questions or asking questions in the wrong way.
Imagine someone asking you for a favor. What for a feeling do you get? Are you already sighing and thinking “How much time is this going to cost me?” This falls in the category “asking questions in the wrong way”.

And now imagine someone asking for advice. What for a feeling do you get now? Don’t you feel more willing to help this person?

So from now on: don’t ask for favors anymore, but ask for advice.

Have a great networking day !

Jan

One Response to Networking Tip: Don’t ask for a favor, ask for advice

  1. […] to deal with the 5 barriers that prevent people from helping you? Don’t ask for a favor, ask for advice Who is in your network, people who pull you down or people who lift you […]

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