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Getting Answers Faster

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I've noticed that I can generally get an answer from someone faster if I send along my best guess with my question and ask for confirmation. If I leave it open-ended, I end up waiting forever and sometimes never getting an answer.


If my guess is wrong, I'll get jumped on and usually that means I get the right answer in the process. =) In fact, the more ridiculously wrong I am, the faster I get a response XD To a point, of course. I try to make sure that my guess is a good one that's backed up by at least common sense and some Google-fu if I can manage it. It would be pretty easy to end up looking incompetent.

I'm taking advantage of peoples' innate urge to rectify and redress anything in their domain of knowledge that someone else has bungled, perhaps badly. =)

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instinctive
Aug. 31st, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
that's very interesting, i'll have to make use of this :)
bride
Aug. 31st, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
Of course, I try to make sure that my guess is a good one that's backed up by at least common sense and some Google-fu if I can manage it. It would be pretty easy to end up looking incompetent and dumb.
canadianabroad
Aug. 31st, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
I absolutely agree -
I use much the same technique when needing to shake information from our production engineers on the shop floor.

A lot of these guys don't touch their computers very often during the day, but due to location and workplace layout it's still the most effective way of contacting them.

Try and ask an open ended question of some of those guys, and I'd be greeted with blank silence or a half-sentence reply. However, if I offer my own personal opinion which I have a very good hunch is ridiculously off-base, they're quick to jump on it and set the record straight for 'the little guy up in the office' - bless 'em.

'Course, sometimes this results in a bit of hilarity when they miss one of my 'planted suggestions' and go on to agree that, certainly, an operator could stick his head into one of our machines while running it at top speed to check for contamination...
bride
Aug. 31st, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
Re: I absolutely agree -
Haha! XD I love it. And they get so passionately defensive, thinking that they're setting you straight =D

"And in breaking news, the number of work place decapitation claims have skyrocketted in the last week. Experts are baffled as to why..."

I have to contend with Crackberries, verbal/aural communicators and people with the attention span of a flea. They won't read past the Subject Line and about 10-15 words into the e-mail body.
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