From the outside looking in, most people are not familiar with everything it takes to get a desired “yes” from a potential client, a boss or family member when seeking and developing something new as it pertains to work. As the old adage goes; “Closed mouths don’t get fed.” With that in mind, it is imperative that you recognize your needs and perfect the manner in which you communicate all requests to gain your desired results.
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If you already have your “elevator” pitch permanently etched into your memory or if you are developing your art of asking, here are five tips to creating and maintaining the perfect pitch.
1) Stay Positive and Know People Genuinely Want to Help.
Do not talk yourself out of your desired result before it even happens. There are numerous people in positions of power who genuinely want to help you and get “warm fuzzies” from being able to assist others. Go boldly to those who may be able to get you one step closer to your desired result and know that they may take comfort in being able to help.
2) Follow Up.
If at first you do not get the desired response, ask again! Include additional information that may change the outcome and show tenacity in your pursuit. Your persistence can and will pay off.
3) Do Not Be Overzealous.
There is one thing to be persistent, yet another thing to be a stalker. You should definitely gauge the stance and personality of the person you are seeking a desired result from, however, do not be offensive. Nothing good can come from being a pushy stalker.
4) Offer Something In Exchange.
If you are seeking participation from someone who may be beneficial to your job or business, offer something in return. Maybe you have connections in areas they will benefit from or you have services that can assist them. Just don’t come to the table with an open hand. Offer something in return.
5) Do Not Harp On The Final Answer.
If you have done everything you possibly can do to get a positive response and it does not happen, simply move on to other sources and persons who may be able to help. Your vision isn’t tied to one specific outside source of assistance (outside of God), so keep moving until that door and/or window opens.
Rashida Maples, Esq. is Founder and Managing Partner of J. Maples & Associates (www.jmaplesandassociates.com). She has practiced Entertainment, Real Estate and Small Business Law for 9 years, handling both transactional and litigation matters. Her clients include R&B Artists Bilal and Olivia, NFL Superstar Ray Lewis, Fashion Powerhouse Harlem’s Fashion Row and Hirschfeld Properties, LLC.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"