FROM A POST ON MLPF
>Seeking Strong Webinar Presenter for “Linkedin For Beginners”
>The webinar should be on the order of 10-45 minutes in length
>If interested, please contact me ASAP.
Ahh, as with most “opportunities”, this interesting gem piqued my interest. I’ve never “done” a webinar. Don’t know the first thing about them, so that would make it a perfect opportunity to learn. (How’s that for the supreme egotistical over-confidence. You want qualifications? We don’t need no stinking qualifications!) If I can challenge a fellow turkey and he starts learning Japanese. I can be challenged too. At least webinar is spelled in English.
You didn’t give the key piece of info. Like most people who want help, job interviews, or other given “opportunities” to jump in quicksand, I find you never get the real scoop until you’re in up to your neck, or if you happen to ask before jumping (i.e., Is that quicksand deep?).
So, when is this “due”?
If you say December 2007, I’ll take a swing at it. If you say June 30th, I’ll politely decline. In between is negotiable, say with three “get out of moderation” cards. Or, coffee with Des Walsh. Or, round trip first class airfare to Chicago to visit my adoring Turkeys. Or, just the right to brag “I bailed VW out of jail”.
Quid pro quo!
So when does this “gem” have to shine?
the big fat old turkey hisself
who learned in the USAF NEVER volunteer or admit you went to college
He didn’t need my help. Thankfully. I still have “learning about webinars” on my 2do list.
The productivity tip is that when you do ask for help, be specific.
I think you need to let the person know what is the deadline, budget, entrance / exit criteria (how does it start, and how will someone know it’s done). And, of course, the WIIFM. All up front. Pack it in to the request. Leave people with only one decision “y/n”. Don’t make them ask for more information. The natural reaction would be to skip it or do a Nancy Regan (i.e., just say no).
You know put the WIIFM (What’s in it for me?) first; the thing that makes them spring into “Action, Jackson”. It might get you to “yessir” much quicker!
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