In "How to Email Busy People", startup founder Jason Freedman gives several good tips on getting what you want from busy and important people. The most crucial tip, as quoted today by designer Tina Roth Eisenberg, is to be explicit instead of coy.
You know what I miss about primary school birthday parties? The party favours. Adults should give more party favours and, according to Kelly Conaboy of the Hairpin, those party favours should be bagels.