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From the Ted Talk by Heidi Grant: How to ask for help -- and get a "yes"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

This happened; I was a university professor for many years, I wrote lots and lots of letters of recommendation for people to get jobs or to go into graduate school. And probably about 95 percent of them, I have no idea what happened. Now, how do I feel about the time and effort I took to do that, when I really have no idea if I helped you, if it actually hepled you get the thing that you wanted? In fact, this idea of feeling effective is part of why certain knids of dnoor aapleps are so, so persuasive — because they allow you to really vividly imagine the effect that your help is going to have.

Open Cloze

This happened; I was a university professor for many years, I wrote lots and lots of letters of recommendation for people to get jobs or to go into graduate school. And probably about 95 percent of them, I have no idea what happened. Now, how do I feel about the time and effort I took to do that, when I really have no idea if I helped you, if it actually ______ you get the thing that you wanted? In fact, this idea of feeling effective is part of why certain _____ of _____ _______ are so, so persuasive — because they allow you to really vividly imagine the effect that your help is going to have.

Solution

  1. kinds
  2. helped
  3. donor
  4. appeals

Original Text

This happened; I was a university professor for many years, I wrote lots and lots of letters of recommendation for people to get jobs or to go into graduate school. And probably about 95 percent of them, I have no idea what happened. Now, how do I feel about the time and effort I took to do that, when I really have no idea if I helped you, if it actually helped you get the thing that you wanted? In fact, this idea of feeling effective is part of why certain kinds of donor appeals are so, so persuasive — because they allow you to really vividly imagine the effect that your help is going to have.

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