Figuring out how to keep a project moving when you need help from a colleague can be challenging. Business writer Esther Schindler suggests these tips.
1. Take a face-to-face approach. An email or phone call is easy to ignore, so make your request and follow up in person. Turning down a face-to-face request for help is hard.
2. Barter without shame. Offer your skills, knowledge and expertise to help your colleague help you. He will realize you are willing to free up some of his time so he can devote some of his to you.
3. Be genuine and complimentary. Impress upon him why you thought he’d be the best source of expertise and experience.
— Adapted from “How to Get Someone to Do Something You Need That isn’t Important to Him,” Esther Schindler, QuickBase.