Making it seem like you’re doing the favor
Remember this little trick you’d pull when you were younger? Maybe you wanted a friend to come with you to a party, because a guy you liked would be there, but you didn’t want it to seem like you were just there to see him. So you’d get a friend to go with you, but you didn’t want her to know she was doing you a favor, so you’d convince her that you were doing her the favor, because there would be some work connection there for her or “tons of cute guys.” But, really, you were just being selfish. Yeah—people prefer you just admit when you could use their help.