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Kevin Lamping (Founder/WebdriverIO)

I'm working on *The Art of Asking* by Amanda Palmer. I'm hoping to gain a better understanding of how I can work with the audience I've built with my online video course, blog and YouTube tutorials, to really provide value to the few folks who enjoy my work.

Tudor Mihailescu (Finance and Business Enablement Manager)

Beyond communication, CFO needs to learn to influence effectively, get people to contribute so that they buy in. Again, this is a vast space, some of my personal favourites being Who Moved My Cheese (Johnson), Lateral Thinking (de Bono), The Art of Asking (Palmer).

Aysha Teja (Senior Advisor/Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat)

A book I read relatively recently but wished I read when I was younger is The Art of Asking: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer. I am horrible at asking for help. I’m afraid of being a nuisance, of appearing weak and mostly afraid of being rejected. I realized just how afraid I was when my cousin’s husband and one of my dearest high school friend insisted they help me move instead of hiring movers and my instinct was to say "No". When I finally accepted their generous offers to help, I realized that, yes, asking for help makes me vulnerable, but also enables connection. Using her own life experiences as a human-statue, musician, wife and friend, Amanda Palmer explores the questions why we’re afraid to ask and receive help as well as makes the case for increasing our shared humanity when we finally are able to do so. Since completing this book, I have started to ask for help when I normally would have found a way to do it myself.

Amazon description

Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring). And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the world's most successful music Kickstarter.

Even while Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for-as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. She learns that she isn't alone in this, that so many people are afraid to ask for help, and it paralyzes their lives and relationships. In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of THE ART OF ASKING.

Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. THE ART OF ASKING will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.

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