Amanda Palmer: Ask Without Shame

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The singer and Kickstarter success story recently gave a TED talk on a topic close to the heart of many female entrepreneurs: why it’s difficult to ask for things and why you should do it anyway. 

By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)

The trouble with women, according to both cliché and research, is they often simply don’t ask for things. Which makes alt-rock musician Amanda Palmer’s recent TED talk on the “art of asking” essential viewing for those concerned with pushing more women to attain their full potential. Plus, it’s super entertaining.

In the 13-minute talk, the rocker and ex-living statue explains what she’s learned about trust, connection, vulnerability and having the courage to ask for things in the course of her career, including her controversial Kickstarter campaign to fund her last album. It’s well worth a watch whether you aspire to make a living from songs or from software.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Karola Reigers.

About the writer: Jessica Stillman is a freelance writer with interests in unconventional career paths, generational differences, and the future of work. She writes a daily column for Inc.com and has blogged for CBS MoneyWatch, GigaOM, and Brazen Careerist, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @entrylevelrebel.

Women 2.0 readers: Have you overcome a reluctance to ask for things – how did you manage it?