Ask Permission Rather Than Make Assumptions


In the rush to results, we seem to have lost sight of common courtesy. We still need to ask permission. Don’t assume someone wants to talk to you just because you want to talk to them. Don’t assume your emergency is their emergency. Don’t assume they care about your project as much as you do.

Here are a few thoughts on asking permission:

1. “Is this a good time to talk?”

2. “This is important to me, and I know it is to you, too. Can we schedule a few minutes to talk about it?”



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