Episode #203

The Power of Asking

Whether it’s funding for our Summer Retreat or the upcoming Navigate Program, asking your university to invest in your professional development isn’t just about finances – it’s about unlocking a world of possibilities for your growth and success as an academic. Too often, professors view asking for funding as a weakness, but I want you to consider how asking can be powerful. 


In this episode, I reveal the power of asking for professional development funds. Discover why the process of asking is a  journey of empowerment, showcases your commitment, and exemplifies your role in the strategic mission of your university. It’s time to boost your confidence, elevate your professional identity, and embrace the ambitious leader within you. 


Don’t miss out – tune in now and unlock the secrets to transforming your career through the power of asking!


What does asking do for you?

Many academics think asking your university or advisor to invest in your personal development is a sign of weakness or inadequacy. But, I invite you to look at asking for funding from a power position. There is so much asking can do for you, such as:

  • Asking for funding shows you are serious about your career.
  • Connect a request for funding to the strategic plan of your institution to show action & your role in the bigger mission of the university.
  • It professionalizes your role.
  • Asking builds confidence in yourself.
  • Seeking professional development funding shows you are ambitious and a leader.


Asking for funding isn’t admitting you don’t know how to do something. You are seeking an opportunity to get better at something you are already amazing at, that is powerful!



 “What is it for you when you ask? Besides the money, besides the funding of whatever program you want to do –  what is in it for you? What is in it for you as you develop and ask for professional development funding is power.” 



“Professional people continue to learn and they continue to get professional development so asking for the university to fund that shows that you see yourself as a professional.”



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