How we change what others think, feel, believe and do
Disclaimer About Time
Get others to do as you ask by downplaying or deflecting their being busy as an excuse not to comply with your request.
Tell them that they will be able to carry on with what they are doing at a later date, and that what you are doing cannot be delayed. Tell them that what you want them to do is urgent.
You can finish that later. I want you to help me now.
Please press pause. It will still be there when you come back after doing your chores.
You've finished the key work. I've more important things for you to do now.
Being 'busy' is a common excuse for not doing something. When a person says 'I'm busy' they are implying several possibilities:
Any of these may be true, though often none are true enough that they cannot stop what they are doing and help you.
Disclaimer About Time is also written 'Disclaimer (Time)'.
Disclaimer About Time is the 27th of the 64 compliance-gaining strategies described by Kellerman and Cole.
Kellermann, K. & Cole, T. (1994). Classifying compliance gaining messages: Taxonomic disorder and strategic confusion. Communication Theory, 1, 3-60