How to Ask for Help – And Get It!

NEA Member Benefits, September 2015

By Amy Paturel

The most successful educators know when—and how—to ask for help. Tips from the experts will help you learn the vital skill of asking.

When you’re stressed, asking for help may seem like a no-brainer, but for many educators, it’s surprisingly difficult. Teachers don’t want to appear weak, vulnerable or overwhelmed. In fact, many educators view help as a four-letter word—the kind you don’t utter, especially in the workplace or around children.

“When you’re in a position of authority, it can feel uncomfortable to request help for yourself,” says Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, professional coach, positive psychology expert and best-selling author of “Creating Your Best Life.” But, asking for help is a vital skill which, when applied constructively, can help put you on the path to success.

Here, seven strategies to raise your hand and ask for help:


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Caroline Adams Miller

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP is a pioneer with her ground-breaking work in the areas of goal-setting/accomplishment, grit, happiness and success. Caroline is the author of eight books, including Positively CarolineMy Name is Caroline,  Creating Your Best Life and Getting Grit. Live Happy Magazine named Creating Your Best Life one of the top ten goal-setting books ever published and Getting Grit one of the ten books that will change your life in 2017.  Her new book, Big Goals, is anticipated for release in the fall of 2024.  Caroline has been featured in BBC World NewsThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, USA Today, U.S. News &World Report, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR and CNN.  She is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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