Learning how to ask for help is one of the most important soft skills you can develop. Everyone can benefit from a helping hand or useful insight from time to time. Instead of trying to power through and handle everything on your own, learn when you could benefit from someone else’s knowledge or ability.

Steve Keating, a thought leader and authority on leadership, says the most successful people are better at asking for help than less successful people. They’re not embarrassed to reach out to those who can help them close gaps in their skills.

Want to hone the skill of asking for help? Read on. In this issue of PromoPro Daily, we share Keating’s thoughts on what to do when you’re feeling stuck or overloaded at work.

Know when you need help. Maybe you’re having trouble learning a new CRM tool. Or maybe you’re stressed because you simply have too much on your plate. Recognize that you’re struggling and reach out for help. Keating says everyone feels stuck or overwhelmed sometimes. It’s normal.

Reach out to the right people. Keating recommends thinking about the people in your network, such as friends, family, colleagues or mentors. Who may have the expertise or knowledge to assist you with your challenge? Chances are, the other person will feel honored that you came to them for help.

Get specific. Once you know who you want to ask for help, explain the situation in detail. Explain what you’ve tried so far. This allows the other person to get a better feel for the issue and provide more targeted assistance, Keating says.

Stay mindful of their schedule. You might need help with a project or a question right away, but don’t rush the process. Let your colleague, mentor or boss provide assistance when they have a moment to help. Always be respectful of their time, Keating says.

Be open to feedback and suggestions. When you ask someone for help, listen to their advice and ask questions if you’re not sure about something. Use this as an opportunity to grow. If you’re not going to take their advice wholeheartedly, don’t waste the other person’s time or your own, Keating says.

Say thank you. Even if the other person offers some quick guidance or tips, express your gratitude for their insight. Keating says this can strengthen your relationship and build goodwill for future requests. And don’t forget to pay it forward by helping others when you can.

Remember that asking for help isn’t a weakness but a strength. You won’t always have all the answers or be able to manage everything on your own. If you’re struggling or fumbling through something on your own, reach out to your boss or a colleague. This can help you get unstuck and keep moving forward.

Compiled by Audrey Sellers

Source: Steve Keating has over 30 years of sales and sales leadership experience. Recognized as a thought leader and authority on leadership, he is an acclaimed and in-demand presenter.