When You Really Need To Hear From Them

May 7, 2024

When You Really Need To Hear From Them

Communication that gets caught up in the ethers seems to take forever to get the information you need. How do you prod someone to get the needed information back to you in a timely and complete way? You tell them…what you need and when.

Direct communication does not have to be harsh. But if you are having issues with not receiving what you need in a timely way, it could be your issue for not being clear with what you need and when. The how, what, why, where and when rule works very well with this “directness”. If you are new at asking, then ask in the way that works for you. Otherwise, share with them that you can best receive the data via email; tell “them” what it is you need; why it is needed; where you will be using the info; and when you need it.

Example: “Sally/George, as we discussed at the staff meeting yesterday, I will need the Norten contract from June 2023 from the central contracts dropbox for the executive staff review on May 22nd (4:00pm CST) delivered via email to just me.” I always ask if that works for them and if they have any questions…and I give them a time and date by which I need to hear from them about their questions. Accountability not only creates effectiveness, but trust and respect for your work.

May I help?        CoachNatalie@NatalieManor.com

Natalie R. Manor

Natalie R. Manor is a consultant, executive business coach, speaker, 5 time author and extraordinary facilitator.  Her consulting firm, Natalie Manor & Associates NMA, has attracted global success seeking clients and organizations for 30+ years.

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