It’s ok to need help

We all know that asking for help can be challenging. Whether we’re struggling with a difficult task at work or simply seeking advice from a friend, admitting that we need assistance can be tough. But in many cases, asking for help is the best course of action. So here are a few tips on how to ask for help without feeling overly reluctant or embarrassed.

How to know when you need help

A telltale sign that you need help is when work feels tedious and overwhelming. We all have times when work becomes too much, especially when deadlines loom. If you’re feeling burnt out or starting to work slower than usual, press pause and consider reaching out to a trusted colleague or professional. Don’t be afraid to ask for the assistance you need before it’s too late—you never know how far a little extra support could go!

How to ask for help

Asking for help is a daunting task, no matter if it’s from a colleague or boss. You don’t want to sound out of your depth and don’t want to appear as though you don’t know what you’re doing. The key is to be confident in your request; if someone has the knowledge or resources to help you out, why wouldn’t they? Be personable and polite when asking for help; thank them in advance for their time and effort. Most importantly, have faith that they’ll come through! Who knows – maybe they’ll surprise you with information or resources you weren’t able to find yourself. In any situation where you need help, remember that it doesn’t hurt to ask – and that, if anything, it may be the best decision of all.

How to accept help

It can be challenging to accept help from others, especially if we feel we should be able to do something independently. However, it is essential to realize that receiving assistance does not make us any weaker – if anything, it shows how strong and open-minded we are. When a colleague offers assistance, try not to see it as an intrusion – instead, recognize that they want to help and that their insight could be valuable. Accepting help may even create healthier relationships with those around us. The reality is that none of us are invincible – so let’s not pretend otherwise and learn how to accept help when it’s offered!

How to be grateful for help

Being grateful for help is an important character trait and often a great way to boost someone’s day. Whether they did something big or just a little favor, expressing your appreciation can be one of the nicest things you can do and also nice for yourself. It doesn’t have to be elaborate; a simple ‘thank you’ can do the trick! That sincerely conveyed thought can make the other person feel good and encourage them to continue helping others. A sense of gratitude can lead to better relationships with the people around us. So why don’t we all practice being thankful more? It’s easy, it’s nice, and most importantly, it makes us feel good in return!

How not to abuse the help you receive

When you’re lucky enough to receive help from someone, it’s important to remember that it comes with responsibility. You don’t want to take advantage of the generous spirit of the person assisting you or be too demanding. Otherwise, you’ll find that people won’t be eager to help next time. After all, there’s a difference between receiving help and expecting it! So be appreciative and respectful, and your helpers will be more than happy to continue doing what they can for you in the future.


If you’re ever feeling lost, remember that there are people out there who want to help you. All you have to do is reach out and ask for it. And when someone does offer to help you, don’t be afraid to accept it graciously. Be thankful for the assistance and never take advantage of someone’s good nature by asking for too much. With a bit of practice, you can become a confident communicator who knows how to ask (and receive) help like a pro! If you’re ready to learn more about becoming an effective communicator, sign up for my course Speaking Mastery today.

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