When WOULD be a good time? Tricks for Getting the Business to Respond

We’ve all been there.  It’s the fourth time you’ve contacted that manager about doing his training.  You’re beginning to feel like a nag.  But what can you?  The training has to be done, but he just keeps ignoring you.  It’s maddening.  You want to scream, “What’s the matter with you?!”  Instead of getting yourself drug into the human resources office with this shouted question, try one of the following questions instead.


When would be a good time to get started?


According to Phil M. Joes, author of Exactly What to Say, The Magic Words for Influence and Impact, using the words, “when would be a good time” is a highly effective way of getting past the “I don’t have time!” obstacle.  This is because, “you prompt the other person to subconsciously assume that there will be a good time and that no is not an option.”  When you ask the manager when it would be a good time to get started, you’re assuming that he’ll be starting the training at some point, and his response should commit him to a timeframe.

When shall I check back in with you? (…)