Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new. – Barak Obama
In Freelance Heroes, we often talk about how no business owner, freelancer, etc knows all that’s needed to run & grow a business, and if 2020 taught us one thing, it’s that we frequently experience new challenges that we’re unprepared for. This is why having a reliable network is invaluable, to help you navigate it all and, if you haven’t already, help yourself now by growing a trusted network. Then, when you have, ask them for help when you need it.
As you’ll hear, in this week’s podcast, asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign you want to remain strong. So why don’t more people do it? What stops them? Where does it come from? And how can we break through that feeling of vulnerability and ask for help more often?
Andy Lopata has written a book called “Just Ask” and we learn many of the lessons and stories written about in the book.
About Andy Lopata
A specialist in professional relationships and networking for over 20 years, Andy Lopata was called ‘one of Europe’s leading business networking strategists’ by the Financial Times and ‘a true master of networking’ by the Independent and Forbes.com.
A very experienced international speaker, Andy is the author of five books, has been quoted in a number of other business books, and regularly quoted in the international press. Andy is a Fellow and a Board Member of the Professional Speaking
Association UK & Ireland (PSA) and a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute as well as a Master of the Institute for Sales Management. He is also one of just 26 recipients of the PSA’s top honour, the ‘Award of Excellence’.
Connect with Andy at lopata.co.uk, as well as on Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, and YouTube.
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