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I'm writing a letter asking for feedback from someone who is an expert on the topic. I would like to indicate that I am grateful for their input, and possibly how useful it is for me so as to praise them, but I don't want to give the impression that I am begging them to do something or that they would be making a huge sacrifice or to otherwise use hyperbole. Here are some phrases that I thought about and rejected:

  • I would be honored/privileged/blessed
    (too over the top, begging/groveling)
  • It would benefit me enormously
    (too selfish, I want to indicate that their input is valuable not how much I get from it)
  • I would love
    (somewhat better but doesn't really praise the expert or indicate how valuable the input is)

Is there a good word that fits my (vague) criteria?

edit: I would like to put the expert in the mindset that they would be demonstrating their expertise (which they might be more inclined to do), rather than just doing me a huge favor (which they might be less inclined to do).

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  • Why not simply say "I would be very grateful", or "I would be in your debt"? – Parthian Shot Aug 3 '15 at 19:06
  • "grateful" sounds too much like they are mostly doing me a favor (and what's in it for them)? see my edit also – wordsearching Aug 3 '15 at 19:45
  • Vocabulary aside, I think you're going too far out of your way to avoid casting this as a favor. Many people actually enjoy doing favors, even for their enemies. See "en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Franklin_effect". – Doug Warren Aug 3 '15 at 19:50
  • As advice, in your request, demonstrate that you have done your research, and convince the expert that your interests are strongly aligned with their own. Most people would respond favorably to a request for help under those circumstances. The benefit to them would be a connection with someone who appreciates their work. – jxh Aug 3 '15 at 20:26
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I would use appreciate:

I would appreciate your feedback.

It shows that you desire feedback and would be grateful for it.

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  • Agreed. One often sees the phrase "any [help, expertise, etc.] you can provide would be appreciated", or something similar, in such correspondence. – Doug Warren Aug 3 '15 at 19:40
  • "Appreciate" sounds too much like they are mostly doing me a favor (and what's in it for them)? see my edit also – wordsearching Aug 3 '15 at 19:44
  • Are you sure they wouldn't just see through your Jedi-mind-trick? I think most people react positively to someone who is honest about needing help. – jxh Aug 3 '15 at 20:21
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Maybe you could say:

I could use your feedback.

There's no thanking or begging.

Personally, I would go with jxh's answer.

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value (transitive verb):

to consider something important

'I've always valued her advice.'

Source: CDO

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