This cast describes how to ask for advice, and increase your chances of not only being successful in obtaining advice from this person once, but many times.

One of the joys of being in this position we are in, is that we are able to help tens of thousands of managers and individual contributors each month through our podcasts. But we also get hundreds of emails each month asking for more specific advice, and though we appreciate all our members and their trust in us, there is a SHOCKING lack of understanding of the etiquette of asking for advice, leaving us feeling a little - dare we say - used?

So, this cast is purely selfish, in that it lets our members know what the etiquette is. The reason for etiquette, in a broader sense, is that it smoothes human communication, reducing the friction between us. If you use these recommendations in other situations where you need advice, the friction is reduced and you're much more likely to get what you want and need.

  1. Remember, No-one Owes You Anything
  2. Decide You're Going To Be Open Minded
  3. BLUF And THEN Additional Detail
  4. Say Thank You
  5. Follow Up

This Cast Answers These Questions

  • How do I decide who to ask for advice?
  • What do I do if I disagree with the advice I'm given?
  • How do I follow up?

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