Share your information!


As I mentioned earlier this week via Twitter: "Newsalert: You are no longer considered an expert if you hoard all the info to yourself. You MUST share - train/blog/ppr/tweet!" (

I have personally experienced subject matter experts who refuse to share the information they learn. They feel they must charge for every single 5 minutes of advice. Honestly, this doesn't help gain business, customer respect, or even friends.

Plus you lose SO much by not sharing. Including but not limited to:
~ Street Cred (Showing that you are the 'go-to' person for skill abc.)
~ Resume Builders (Help find the next opportunity when necessary.)
~ Accolades & References (Generate new business by building the references!)
~ Personal Memory Enhancements (Trust me, it's great to have a location to go to and find your own prior discoveries. Saves brain space for more important stuff.)

So how should you get started? Start small and don't be shy!
1. Tweet on reference URLs that you find useful. Just explain why it's so useful & leave 10 characters or so available for easy retweeting. Next thing you know, you have a following!

2. Participate in a Forum. SAS-L, SAS Support Discussion Forums, or another online group such as Google Provide some advice or answer a user's question or two.

3. Submit a user group paper. The SGF conference can be hard to get into, so don't forget the regional or local conferences. Search for them here: And don't get discouraged! Ask the section leaders for paper advice or additional feedback if the paper didn't get accepted the first time.

4. Start a blog. The trick is to scope it in such a way that you can post at least 1 thing a month at absolute minimum. Provide examples, screenshots, etc to keep it interesting. But also consider your organization's policies and desire to stay confidential.


About Author

Angela Hall

Senior Technical Architect

Angela offers tips on using the SAS Business Intelligence solutions. She manages a team of SAS Fraud Framework implementers within the SAS Solutions On-Demand organization. Angela also has co-written two books, 'Building BI using SAS, Content Development Examples' & 'The 50 Keys to Learning SAS Stored Processes'.

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