Sunday, March 31, 2013

How to ask for help and get it.

Since discovering it I've been a big fan of the power of Self Determination Theory.

Self Determination Theory is a theory of what motivates people to act. A gross oversimplification is that when trying to get other people to do something for you it needs to be:
  1. Something they are interested in doing because they chose to do it. 
  2. Something they CAN do easily. 
  3. Something that helps bind them to the people they care about. 
I noticed this very short and interesting video from the DraftFCB Institute of Decision Making. It emphasizes the second element: Making the action you want others to take be something they CAN easily do. Check it out:

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