Kevin Willett explains why you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for what you want in business.
Yesterday I was going through some of my social media connections and I came across a guy that I wanted to invite to attend some of our New England B2B Networking events. But I have to be honest, I said to myself this guy is really busy and successful, there is no way he would want to attend my events. I started to go past his name on the list when I caught myself and said ‘why are you deciding what he wants to do? Why don’t you invite him and see what happens?’ I think you all know how this ends. I sent him an email and five minutes later he responding saying that he had heard great things about my group he was wondering why I hadn’t invited him. I almost missed out on this potential client because I was afraid they would say no or not even bother to respond. I see this happen all the time. My friends say ‘I would love to have company X as a client’. When I ask them if they have ever reached, out they give me a bunch of reasons why company X wouldn’t do business with them. Honestly, I always laugh and say with that attitude you are correct they won’t do business with you.
So next time you are tempted to not ask for something you want, I want you to say to yourself ‘what is the worst thing that can happen if I ask them?’
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