How Can I Help?

“If you go out looking for friends, you’re going to find they are very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”
-Zig Ziglar 

This week, I caught up with my friend, Jilian Breeden, at Engage Federal. If you don’t know her, you should! 

We work together and try to help each other where we can. She mentioned she was speaking at the Society of American Military Engineers Small Business Conference about partnering. We went back and forth on good and bad partnerships, and the next day, I saw her LinkedIn post:

This survey is intended for professionals in the AEC industry who are responsible for finding, fostering, and maintaining teaming relationships. Results will provide valuable insights about teaming issues, best practices, and preferences in preparation for our session at the SAME Small Business Conference. The survey should not take more than 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your support!

The survey will close on 9/23/2022.

She told me about her speaking engagement! We talked about Nashville! We talked about partnering!

And he didn’t ask me if I could help her and fill out and share the survey!? We are friends and partners! We love to help each other!

She didn’t ask me for help!? What’s going on here?

The truth is, she called me to genuinely check in. The conversation didn’t lead to SAME SBC because she wanted my help on the survey. It was because it’s probably the next place we will see each other.  

She was probably too busy to even think about that at that moment. And shame on me for letting our conversation end before I said, “How can I help?” 

Busy gets us all. We are all trying our best. Sometimes we forget to ask our friends or teammates for help or ask those around us, “How can I help?”

So, if you are reading this, I consider you a friend. Before you forget what’s bothering you or where you need help, let me know. How can I help?

I will answer every email I get!

BJ Kraemer, President

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