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How to Ask for What You Want

Sometimes asking for what you want isn’t easy, but with practice you will be able to raise your voice without feeling like a jerk.


  • Step 1: Start small Start small by asking for things that are not very important to you from people you trust.
  • Step 2: Identify something important Identify something important to ask for once you have built up confidence from asking for less important things.
  • Step 3: Write a script Write a script asking for something you want to get a feel of what words you will use.
  • TIP: Record yourself speaking your script to see how you sound asking.
  • Step 4: Rehearse Rehearse with a friend or a trusted colleague so that you are comfortable saying the words.
  • Step 5: Ask away After you have practiced and prepared, all you now have to do is ask.
  • FACT: The Rolling Stones' song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was named as the 100th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

You Will Need

  • A pen
  • Paper
  • A friend
  • A tape recorder (optional)

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