Inevitably there will be some problems which, in order to solve them, require the help of others. So how can you maximize your chances of others agreeing to help you? Well firstly we need to think about things from their perspective. If someone were to ask you to help them what would most inspire you to do so? Here are just a few things that would inspire most…


  • Free food
  • If travel or other related expenses were paid for
  • A free experience; a meal at a restaurant, cinema tickets, a shopping voucher
  • If part of the credit for the project was given to those who have helped – a dedication, official credit or mention
  • If you returned help in kind to those who have helped you


By making the request for help as attractive as possible to those you ask they are much more likely to genuinely want to help. This will mean that rather than convincing people to help you, you are incentivizing it so that it is appealing for them, with the proposition having value for them too.


Have you ever requested help from others? Did you offer them incentives? Did they say yes? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.