Asking for help can be surprisingly hard, yet it's a vital life skill we all need to learn. After all, you can't cope with everything alone. If you think about it a bit like theater—a script, the dress rehearsal, and the live performance—it will help you prepare to ask in a confident way.

Here are some tips:

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BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT YOU NEED

Spend time writing things down in detail—what, where, when, how.

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CHOOSE YOUR CAST

This is about being skilled in whom to ask to do what, based on their strengths and capacity to help.

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WRITE THE SCRIPT

The more specific you are, the easier people will find it to help you. For example, "Can you water my grass once a week?" is clearer than "Can you help with my yard?" Make sure you explain why you need help too.

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REHEARSAL TIME

Practice! It doesn't matter if you botch your lines—rehearsing will help you to build confidence.

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THE STAGE

Make your request at a time and place when the person you're asking can concentrate on what you need. Ask by person or by phone, and choose a time when they’re not too busy.

With a little rehearsal time you might be surprised how many people jump in to help without batting an eyelash—giving you the ability to enjoy more of those everyday moments.

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