How To Write A Letter Asking A Favor: Sample Letter

Letter-Writing: How To Ask A Favor  By Letitia Baldrige

“Letitia Baldrige’s Complete Guide To Executive Manners” is the definitive book in its field.   I think it is simply wonderful and refer to it often.  Highly recommended.–-Gene Griessman, Ph.D.

When you write a letter asking a favor, the opening paragraph should be a personal message.  Example: “It was a great pleasure seeing you and Marge at the reunion. We are not getting older, just wiser, mellower,and much more exercised, both in body and mind than we ever were at college.”

Up front, ask the favor clearly, as well as an acknowledgement that it might not be possible to grant the favor.  Example “I have a big favor to ask which may be out of the realm of possibility.”

Finish with an innocuous personal close. Example:  “Again, I understand perfectly if this is not an appropriate gesture I am asking you to make. In any case it was good to see you. I hope our paths will cross again before too long, and Jennie joins me in wishing you both the very best in the new year.”

— Ada[ted and excerpted from “Letitia Baldrige’s Complete Guide To Executive Manners” Letitia Bladrige was eminently qualified to give writing tips.  Baldridge was the social secretary to Jacqueline Kennedy; her father was a Congressman, and her brother, Howard Malcolm Baldrige, Jr. was Secretary of Commerce.

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