RE: Tips on how to talk to SMEs

Subject: RE: Tips on how to talk to SMEs
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: 'Bill Swallow' <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>, 'Dan Goldstein' <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:22:14 +0000

I'm defending the brownie method. Also snacks and candy. You can still use cigarettes for bartering at my place.

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From: techwr-l-bounces+ccardimon=m-s-g -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+ccardimon=m-s-g -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Bill Swallow
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 10:21 AM
To: Dan Goldstein
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Subject: Re: Tips on how to talk to SMEs

I've never used bribes to get work done. Ever. I have certainly
brought in goodies - whether homemade pastries or even homebrew - but
never in a working context. I don't recommend it. I've actually seen
and heard something very similar to the following, and just shook my
head.

Writer: "I really need to get 5 minutes of your time."
SME: "What, no cookies?" (turns away)

It's an extreme example, but it happens. You're all there to do a job.
Just get it done. You're all humans, so engage them. Keep the
festivities and goodies as non-project-related surprises, not because
you need something from them, but because you just felt like sharing.

On Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:01 AM, Dan Goldstein
<DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com> wrote:
> In my experience, all of Bill Swallow's tips were spot on. However, I
> feel obliged to defend the Brownie Method. I myself can be easily bribed
> with dessert, and so can most of my friends and colleagues.

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Bill Swallow

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Follow-Ups:

References:
Tips on how to talk to SMEs: From: Craig Cardimon
Re: Tips on how to talk to SMEs: From: Bill Swallow
RE: Tips on how to talk to SMEs: From: Stephen Arrants
RE: Tips on how to talk to SMEs: From: Dan Goldstein
Re: Tips on how to talk to SMEs: From: Bill Swallow

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