Help Me Help You Use My Network

I know that post title is a little obtuse, but I couldn’t come up with something that captured what I meant. I initially wrote “Hijack My Influence,” but that sounded both like this would be a warning about identity theft and a bragging claim I have influence. So … thanks for reading to get what I really meant: help me help you get answers to your questions.

GovLoop is a terrific place to get help with just about anything. I’ve frequently published blog posts just to ask a question and the smart folks here have helped me get an answer. Or, more often, get several answers. I also post questions to Twitter, and have learned all kinds of things there.

But some folks are less willing to throw out questions, or don’t get much response.

On the latter challenge, one reason could be lack of visibility. GovLoop’s a big site and Twitter’s even bigger.

Here’s my idea: use my network. For whatever reason, my blog posts here get featured a lot and I’ve somehow amassed 8500 Twitter followers.

So: got questions about life, the universe, and everything? How to get/keep/improve your job? How to get your boss to listen to you? Anything else?

Leave your questions in the comments, and I’ll share the ones I think are the most interesting through blog posts here, on Twitter, or both. I’ll also take a crack at answering the ones I can.

I know it can be hard to ask for help, so as additional enticement, know that you’ll be helping me in return. I haven’t been inspired to write much in terms of blogs here lately, but I still love helping people, so I wanted to figure out what I could do to solve both problems. This was it. 🙂

So get askin’!

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Andrew Krzmarzick

1. What are the most important issues you will be thinking about in 2013 from a government communications perspective?

2. What is the most important legislation, executive order(s) or other directives that drive action in your agency on a regular basis?

Jeffrey Levy

Andy: I’m curious why you’re looking for that info. How will knowing it help you? Or are you just curious?

I have to admit, I was thinking of specific things to help people do their job better, so thanks for broadening the field. 🙂

Andrew Krzmarzick

I think it helps your colleagues to know what’s on your mind and the issues you plan to address in the coming year…and how they might be able to tap you for more specific information that’s in your natural work flow.