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February 10, 2015

Before Asking for Help, Try It Yourself!

Everyday everyone has a million things to do when they get into work. I'm sure you are nodding your head in agreement as you read this. 

If you have a million things to do, it may seem easy or convenient to ask others for help. Remember they also have a million things to do. If you make it a million AND ONE, how do you think they will feel toward you today? How would you feel toward someone asking you to do that ONE extra thing, especially when they could do it themselves? 

I am sure you would not feel good. You may feel stressed, overwhelmed, upset at that person, irritated, and other not-so-good feelings. No one likes to feel this way. You do not like to feel this way when others ask for things from you they can do on their own, so please think next time before you ask someone to do something for you. Do you want them to have that negative and stressful feeling toward you? I would hope the answer is no. 

We don't like feeling upset, stressed out, and irritated with someone else. Please, remember this the next time you ask for help. If you really need help, think twice before asking. If possible try a solution yourself. Then, when you go ask for help you can let the person know what solutions you have already tried. This is important when interacting with your colleagues in India, but even more so when interacting with US clients. If you have a problem, try to solve it on your own then communicate your attempts and where it went wrong (or right), your US clients will be more impressed as this demonstrates initiative.

To learn more about this, watch the video below.

Jennifer Kumar helps your Indian onsite team members more effectively understand and communicate in the US corporate setting. Contact her for more information today.

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