Camille Styles

How to Ask a Busy Person for Advice (and get an answer)

January 15th, 2018

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We’ve all been in situations where we need advice or mentorship, but so often, the person who can best provide it is insanely busy and in-demand. How do you break through the clutter of their inbox and get them to take notice of your plea for help? Well, I’m certainly not the busiest or most qualified person to dole out advice, but I do get hit up with a lot of questions from people who are starting their careers or want to launch a blog or break into lifestyle media. While I answer as many as I can, I’ve got to admit that some fall through the cracks due to a sheer lack of time. Recently though, I received one request where the person emailing was so successful in getting my attention, I wouldn’t have dreamed of saying no. I thought it might be helpful to distill her approach into a list of 4 simple techniques that any of us can use when we need to ask a busy person for advice. And of course, I’d love to hear any methods you’ve successfully used (or that someone’s used on you), so leave a comment and share your experience.


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  1. One of my goals this year is to contact one successful person I admire per month from the fashion & blogging industry to share my gratitude for what I’ve learned from them so far and ask some key questions from them, Thanks so much for sharing your advise.

    Allegra xx

    Allegra Ghiloni Fashion Stylist

  2. Natalie says:

    Fab post! This is some good advice 🙂

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