Entering discussions, requesting a reagent, or even a professional development course or conference needs an approach. Try starting
with an observation, then the request.
“I’ve noticed my gene expression Ct values are low, can we order X to enhance the RT step?”
“I’ve noticed my written communication could use some work, can I attend this publishing course or grant writing course?”
“I’ve noticed you communicate a lot with postdoc Y, can we add more meeting times to speed up my figure analysis for my paper, so I can quickly submit it.”
I have noticed the abstracts for X conference are open, and I have solid data on Y, is it ok to submit an abstract? Does the lab have funds to support my attendance to the conference?- (And this is a good opportunity to increase your visibility)
Notice, there is an observation then an action. What can you use this approach for in your workplace?