I would recommend this for anyone who wants to feel the thrust of a zooming goal. The rush of being on a roll is great!
Here's a portion of the email I sent Teams Y and Z:
Day 8 is a day for a Requests Blitz
I love doing requests blitzes - I still do them once a month or so and almost always make great things happen. Really!
Tuesday is a great day of the week to make requests, I think. It is better than Monday, because people are not in their best mood and they are often playing catch up. And by making requests early in the week, there is time for people to respond before the week ends.
Play big today. If you have not been rockin’ and rollin’ with requests, today is the day to make things happen. Remember, requests can cover a broad variety of topics and needs.
Before you create your list, reread this post about request.
Requests can cover a lot of territory - you can make requests pertaining to:
Creating more time for yourself, your schedule, your “you time”
Asking people to meet with you and let you pick their brains.
Asking people to participate in your project.
Asking for financial support, like sponsorship, advertising, or a sale of a product or service.
Improving your skills or effectiveness.
Asking people to barter with you.
Asking people to make an introduction on your behalf with someone you want to meet.
Asking a group of people to meet with you to help you brainstorm, think through, or plan your project.
Asking people to review and critique your plan.
Asking people to be your evangelists (like asking them to blog about you/your project, or to send an announcement to their email network).
Asking local/regional/national press for coverage/article. (Several of you who have businesses might consider doing and sending out a press release)
Asking for help on other projects so that you can concentrate on this one.
Asking for a job/interview/informal meeting.
Asking for a brief meeting to share how you think you can help company X meet or beat its goals.
Requests related to improving your finances (lower credit card rates, re-negotiate bills, sell excess items, business loans).
And I could go on and on.....
For today, create and make 10 requests.
In person is best (Best results, gets you out there, puts your goal more powerfully in the world, the other person is more likely to grant the request or at least offer something)
On the phone is second best
Over email or via mail is a third option.
Use all three methods, not just email.
I have found it helpful to let people know upfront that they should feel no pressure to say yes, that you will still be their biggest fan and friend, and they should not feel uncomfortable if the answer is no AND that you would be thrilled if they said yes. Always thank people for their consideration and be just as happy/perky as when you made the request. This is important for maintaining the long term relationship.
Be great at accepting a NO.
Be even greater at accepting a YES!
The requests blitz can be the most transforming day of the program. If you are having a hard time coming up with a robust and inspiring list, let’s talk and I will help you!
For those of you, like Jean, who have made some pretty big requests already and had success, have fun with this and add a few more requests if you can think of them (perhaps pertaining to another aspect of the project or aimed at someone else).
Go get em’ !!!