Conversations are an important part of building relationships at work. The way you approach those conversations are just as important as the words you use.
Spring Training offers some great examples of pitfalls to avoid when asking a coworker for a few minutes of his time or asking a colleague if she could answer a couple questions.
As a quick followup to the video, when it was time for Raul Ibanez and I to sit down for an interview I knew he was pressed for time. I asked for 7 minutes and promised not to derail his routine. During the interview, I checked my watch between questions to make sure we kept it under 7 minutes. As we wrapped up, Raul thanked me for being so courteous and respectful of his time. I know it will be easier to get interviews with him throughout the season because I was true to my word in our first interview of the year.
Try this approach and I bet your coworkers and clients respond the same way.