Do Things Once – The Wiki Way

I’m a “social media evangelist.”  I encourage responsible use of social media.  I think that having a good LinkedIn profile, for example,  is important.  Since I often spread the good word, I often get questions about how to use various social media sites.

One question I get a lot is: “How do I get my picture from one website (e.g., my firm’s web page) to appear on my LinkedIn profile?”   Not rocket science.  I can practically do it in my sleep.

The first time someone asked me, I called them and walked them through the steps involved.  It took a few minutes.  No big deal.  I didn’t mind doing it once.

But when someone else asked me the same question, I kicked myself for not taking a few extra minutes to write it down and send it to them in an email.  So, I did.  Now, if a third person asked, I’d be ready and forward that email – so as to not reinvent the wheel.

The third time was déjà vu all over again.  I knew I had answered the question before.  I knew I was ready to answer it again.  But now I just had to find it.  It was somewhere in my rat’s nest of Outlook folders.  It took several minutes, but I found it and forwarded the answer along. Not horrible, but there had to be a better way.

That better way was a wiki.  I had learned my lesson.  The next time I would be ready.  I saved the instructions into a wiki page.  No more email folder hunting.   I knew it was in the wiki.  A quick search for “LinkedIn” would bring it up.

That next time was today.  The whole transaction took me about 20 seconds.

The goal is to do things once, then re-use what you’ve done.  It saves time and frustration, and allows you to provide faster and more consistent customer service.

How do you use wikis to make your life — and the lives of others — easier?

Knowledge Management, Technology & Social Media for Lawyers and Law Firms

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4 thoughts on “Do Things Once – The Wiki Way

  • April 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm
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    For me, it's a blog post. I can explain something several times or I can write it down and post it on my blog for everyone to see. Then all I have to do is forward the link — or just tell them to search on my blog.

  • April 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm
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    Agreed – a blog is a great way to solve this problem. Thanks for the comment.

  • April 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm
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    Thanks for this Patrick, a simple example to bring home the time saving. Maybe if more lawyers realised the time they'd save, they'd be keener on blogs & wikis & less dependent on e-mail. Hope you don't mind if I quote you & your example.
    Helene

  • April 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm
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    Thanks, Helene. One day, we will all stop abusing email. 😉 Quote away…

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