Making Powerful Requests

Posted October 1, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Networking Buzz

As you might know, I serve on the Board of Directors for the Chicago chapter of Step Up Women’s Network. And through my work with Step Up, I’ve been privileged to meet, learn from, and be coached by a number of members of the team at Tiara: Exceptional Women’s Coaching. A theme in the work I’ve seen and done with Tiara is the notion of making “powerful requests.”

Women tend to make….not-so-powerful requests. We say things like “if you don’t mind” and “if it’s not too much trouble.” But to be a leader in your life and your business, making truly straightforward powerful requests is an art form you’ll need to master.

What does a powerful request look like/sound like?

  • It’s direct.
  • It’s clear.
  • It’s meaningful and will significantly add value to your work or the work of the person/thing/organization you’re advocating for.

My powerful request of all of you this week is simple: Make a powerful request in your own life. If you feel comfortable, report that request below by making a comment.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."