2. Don't phrase demands as questions
Is "no" an acceptable answer to your request? If not, why is it a question?
All-too-common example: "hey, can you work Saturday?"..."no"..."Oh, it's not optional, I need you to come in on Saturday"
3. Don't phrase requests as statements
If you're asking for something, ask for it.
Example: "...so now I have nobody to help me move, I don't know what I'm going to do" cue expectant waiting...
Of course, this all very much keys into the differences between ask culture and guess culture, but I'm sufficiently a narcissist to believe that my ask culture ways are Right and guess culture is Wrong...so ymmv
What I'm saying, I guess, is that communication is hard and maybe the gross oversimplification I began with is more "gross" and less "simple" than I thought when I started this thought...
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