Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Closest You'll Get to Picking My Brain

Ahhhhhh the beloved Homey Hook-Up . . . Mr. Lovebird, who has my best interest in mind, has winced over the years as he's witnessed me allowing people to "pick my brain." He's even chastised me for doing so. In looking at my fellow entrepreneurs I definitely see a trend that a lot of times it's women who request and permit this brain picking to go on instead of getting paid for the insight and services we provide. I've since taken a different approach, per Mr. Lovebird's imploring, which I recently shared on Instagram to much discussion:

As I stated in the Instagram conversation, I definitely think there's a place for an initial consultation, but time and time again I've had it happen to me and fellow entrepreneurs that someone takes advantage and just keeps coming back for more "brain picking" then hem and haw when it comes to actually paying for services.

I'm always happy to do informational interviews, but I've learned to identify those who are doing the most when it comes to brain picking.

This spring I had a couple features that count as a bit of acceptable "brain picking" that I'd like to share with you:

Blogalicious Solopreneur Spotlight:

In this quick feature I share my story, a day in the life and a few resources I find helpful. I'll be attending Blogalicious for the 3rd time this fall and if you'd like to join me there click here to register - there's still time!

If you have more time on your hands and want to learn a bit more about my journey check out this next feature:

Purpose Rockstar Podcast:

Thank you to those of you who have read, listened to and cross-posted these features on social media - I appreciate your support!

What's your thoughts on "brain picking" (actually sounds a bit gross if you think about it!)? Are you in a freelancer/consultant career that gets abused by "brain pickers?" How do you handle it?