Social Networking: how helpful should you be?
From: Ian Thorpe, posted on 2010/07/13
I'm an occasional contributor to the discussions here. One thing that makes me reluctant to contribute more here (or on the Ning group) is that most times I contribute something, the contribution is followed by a number of personal e-mails requesting for help and advice and not infrequently requests for career advice or solicitations for work opportunities.
While I get a kick out of helping people (when I'm able), I also find this can be time consuming and isn't directly helping me with my own work - in fact it is taking away time where I could be contributing more to our organization's mission which I care a lot about. My job is quite demanding, and while networking through KM4Dev and other fora is also beneficial to my work and professional development - I also am concerned about getting the right balance.
So my basic question is how helpful should one be to these kind of requests?
I would be interested to hear from contributors here (if you have the time ;-) about your own experiences and any advice you might have on the right way to balance such requests for help (such as when and how you say "no")..
Someone I know recently started a paid (relatively inexpensive) newsletter for people seeking career advice because of the large number of requests she was receiving. That wouldn't be an option for me since I am a public servant - but I'd be interested to hear how other people have dealt with this issue.
Senior Information and Knowledge Manager, UNICEF, United States of America.
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