How do I ask if a person is available and to inform me, in a polite way?
Please let me know when you have a minute.
I would appreciate someone adhering to two guidelines:
- Be polite: say please and thank you, etcetera.
- Prepare your question beforehand: Tell them what you want to know, what you hope to accomplish (so the person can confirm you're asking the correct question) and in the case that you simply don't know what to ask about next, tell them what you hope to accomplish and that you need information on how to begin.
Much of learning can be done without a teacher, so we must learn how to learn methodically and constantly develop and improve our methods. This includes the efficient request for information from another person.
Please see this excellent article, "How To Ask Questions The Smart Way":