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The Power of the Ask

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

When was the last time you asked for a favor? Are you among the many who give generously, never asking for anything in return. Sometimes a kind word or a simple gesture can make the biggest difference. But it starts with the ask.

Our traditional “PWCC Grow Your Connections: Spring Progressive Luncheon” is going viral, offering women the opportunity to connect, share, and “ask,” even while we #stayathome.

In our “Shelter at Home” survey, we asked members to share the "ask” they prepared for the April Luncheon. Responses were as unique as our members, but can be categorized into three main groups.

First, members are asking you keep their business in mind. Coaches are offering free sessions, communicators are suggesting they can get your message out, women are looking for career and job change advice, and some are seeking specific types of introductions necessary to reach their professional goals.

Others “ask” us to support others – buy from small businesses, make a donation to non-profits, support others with prayers, and please stay at home and safe.

Finally, a group responded they just want to connect. Can you be a part of a small group sharing a virtual coffee or a “quarantini,” learning a new skill, reviewing and recommending Netflix options, or simply sharing a laugh?

OK, so now a challenge!  Open the SURVEY DATA and find someone looking for something you have, someone with a need that aligns with yours, or someone looking for assistance that you can provide – especially if they are seeking (virtual) companionship and human connection within physical (not social!) distancing guidelines.

Or, choose a member to connect with and let her know how you are doing and have your “ask” ready. Take a moment to reach out and say hello and support our community, even if it means trying new tech and embracing the inevitable awkward moment on a video call.

Below is a re-cap of our PWCC three P’s – keep this handy for ice breakers during your virtual meetings:

PWCC: What's your PWCC story? How did you find us?

How long have you been a member? Any committee involvement?

A success story from your business or personal life from PWCC? What do you love about PWCC?

Professional: What do you do and where do you do it? Who is your ideal client? What problems do you solve? Who are you looking to meet? Any specific ask? How can we help you?

Personal: Tell us something about yourself! What do you do for fun? Family? Where do you live? Upcoming vacation? Talents? Philanthropic involvement? Passions without a paycheck?

 

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Debbie Story
Corporate Identity, Inc

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