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Ask for help

Studies show most of us don’t like requesting assistance. Martha Roberts explores ways to get better at it

Mind tricks

HOW TO…

1 Offer your services to someone else

In The Crisis Book (LID Publishing, £9.99), Cary Cooper and Andrew Kinder say asking for help must be earned. ‘Build a reputation as someone who assists others and they’ll want to help you.’ Need someone to feed your cat while you’re away? Offer to walk their dog in exchange. It’s not a cynical ploy, it’s reciprocity.

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