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Seeking input? Be direct

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Which request would you more likely respond to?

“If you have any suggestions for this newsletter, please let me know.”

Or: “What I need to know is whether you read either of the stories on page 1. And if you did read them, was the information useful?”

You’d probably be more compelled to respond to the second, more specific question.

Lesson: When you seek input from others, whether you’re speaking or writing, be clear in your request. People will appreciate your directness and the time it saves them.

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