799. The Unexpected Power of Making Unreasonable Requests

Have you ever made an unreasonable request? An ask that you were sure was going to get rejected the moment you put it out there? Sure you have, but there’s a limit to how many times we’re comfortable getting burned. After a while, most of us stop ourselves before the words reach our lips. We think we’ll get ridiculed, shut down, ignored. As a result, opportunities and ideas fall by the wayside.

As you’ll learn in this episode, you can get away with more than you ever thought was possible by being bold and going for the ask, regardless of expectation. Stephanie Burns built her business on what she calls bootscrapping – getting scrappy while bootstrapping, a term and technique that came as a result of making bold unreasonable requests. She teaches us to take that leap. You might be surprised at what can happen.


Question Highlights:

  • How did you get started with making unreasonable requests?
  • How do you cope with what comes up when you go to make those requests?
  • How do you learn how to bring value to people?
  • What are some of the obstacles that come up around making big asks?
  • How do you do your research in order to craft your message?
  • How do you craft a powerful ask but also let people off the hook?


Guest Bio:

Stephanie Burns is the founder of The Wyld Agency, an amplification and visibility agency focused on building the legacy and personal brands of company founders. With a background in brand building, media buying, strategy, and entrepreneurship, Stephanie has wide experience with an eclectic portfolio of industries. After being a contestant on the Wheel of Fortune, Burns used her winnings to launch her previous company, Chic CEO, an online resource for over 100,000 female entrepreneurs. With an MBA in Marketing, she’s also a contributor to Forbes Women and Entrepreneur, as well as featured in notable press outlets like Inc., Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, Amex Open, Cosmo, New York Times, among others.