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No, You Can't Pick My Brain. It Costs Too Much
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I love giving advice. I write blogs, articles and a newsletter. I host a radio show. I tweet, Facebook and share nuggets of advice almost daily. So what is it in all of that, that would make anyone think they can still have the right to “pick my brain”? I can’t tell you how flattering it is to be approached by representatives from major companies seeking my wisdom and advice. It shows they are listening, and like what I have to say.

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Got that visual yet? Good.Forbes 13/04/12 3:17 PM But often I find the road ends when they are just on a fact finding mission. Go ahead. You Can't Pick My Brain. I won’t be paying you today. reading (I have to buy books). My response to that is go ahead and read the free stuff. In essence. In A Diamond-In-The-Rough Economy • • • • • Subscribe to Forbes Just $1 an Issue Your Name Address City State Zip Page 1 2 Next Page » E-mail Subscribe http://www. But when you still find yourself lacking answers. I never once minded helping people out. pay my bills and eat? Now. And no.. There have been many articles written and discussions formed around this very subject. How would they feel to know that I’m giving out free advice? Not too swell I would imagine. My brain costs money to maintain. attending conferences and mastering my skills that all cost me money. especially if you’re just starting out. Reid-Hoffman-Style. I charge my paying clients very good money for my expertise and results. If you’re like (how I used to be) you’ve given away tons of valuable information. How would you feel if your boss came to you and Page 2 of 6 . Hey since we can get this done from information from the Internet. With the Internet being so widely available loaded with free information. that is what you’re doing when you ask to pick someone’s brain. then apparently the FREE stuff doesn’t work. support and promote the magic 51%. people automatically assume that you too have to provide information for free. We are part women-to-women advice and solutions. In fact I hope they don’t call me demanding refunds! The most prevalent question I get is how do you draw the line? Deciding the point where you begin to charge is tough. maybe you deserve to be offended because you’re one of those aforementioned brain pickers. That mission is to pick my brain to gather as much free intel and knowledge they need to make their jobs easier. then never offer to repay me for my time. gaining certifications. I have to protect my investment. find success. sorry. don’t get offended. classes to attend. who make up 51% of the workforce and own 51% of small businesses. Work In Progress is a growing community of bloggers who focus on. It Costs Too Much . Money And Lies: How Bobby Petrino Fumbled New Post 1 day ago How to Turn Your Facebook Timeline into Content Marketing Gold Comment 1 day ago A great example about how the line between employee and entrepreneur is blurred [.] on Succeeding. Not gonna happen.No. let it sink in. and part cheerleading and collaboration. That’s exactly how I feel whenever someone wants to take me to lunch or call me to pick my brain. costs of memberships so I can network. a turkey sandwich is not payment for something that helped you overcome an obstacle and either created value or additional revenue for your company. It’s the ones who keep coming back for more freebies and those who take my ideas.forbes. Our goal is your success.. There’s training. You can’t come to a professional and ask them to work for free. How fair is it to me to give away all the knowledge I have acquired that I use to make my living. OUR WRITERS MORE FROM WORK IN PROGRESS Work in Progress’ News Stream Show all activity (20) New Post 8 hours ago How to Keep the Job You Have New Post 1 day ago Sex. implement them. That’s the tipping point for professional and entrepreneurial women. If you do.

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Contributor 1 year ago Adrienne. OVER pay you. I have NO problem saying NOOOOOO.No. Contributor 1 year ago Author HAHAHAHAHA. But I always say that if people already had the answers they wouldn’t be coming to you. they wouldn’t be needing the help. do a radio show. I like that Kiri. for your services. And if they could solve the problem without paying. I don’t deny that the internet can be a great source for a lot of free content. You Can't Pick My Brain. Contributor 1 year ago Author That is wonderful Robyn! Pointing them to programs and books usually should drive the point home. It Costs Too Much .com/sites/work-in-progress/2011/03/28/no-you-cant-pick-my-brain-it-costs-too-much/ Page 4 of 6 .Forbes 13/04/12 3:17 PM Enter Your Comment Submit Comment Forbes writers have the ability to call out member comments they find particularly interesting. No more giving away the store! Reply + expand 2 comments Adrienne Graham. I think men and women get victimized by brain picking but women fall into it more because many of us hate to say no. And ain’t that the truth! LOL Thanks for commenting. Contributor 1 year ago Author You’re welcome Alan. can I pick your brain? No? Okay. really learn. I truly hope people get the point of the article. a person has to invest. Whether http://www. fair enough. But to learn. Reply + expand 2 comments + expand comment Adrienne Graham. Professionals are always questioned and scrutinized. Reply + expand comment Adrienne Graham. Contributor 1 year ago Author M I know how it is. I can’t complain. You'll be notified if your comment is called out. here’s some free advice: change your name to Adrian. And nice article!! Reply Adrienne Graham. I write. and put out a lot of content. And then watch as they rush to pay you– nay. Let people think you might be a man. I’m usually the person people come to. Called-out comments are highlighted across the Forbes network. Take all of your photos off your website. Comments CALLED-OUT Expand All Comments Kiri Blakeley.forbes. It can be frustrating to want to genuinely help people but knowing you need to draw the line so you can afford to eat. I think it has conditioned people to think that everything will be free.

forbes. And both promised “valuable exposure”. Today the list is bigger than ever and still the definitive guide to global wealth.Forbes 13/04/12 3:17 PM that investment is money or a trade of in-kind service. Contributor 1 year ago Wow Adrienne. I always say you have to look in your heart to decide how much free information to give away.000+ profile pages with detailed information on every member of the list. there is a price to be paid. Those are happy added bonuses if they occur as a result of me speaking. Reply Ellen Weber. We just have to learn our threshold and stand strong in getting others to respect it. thank you so much for commenting! I get many of those same calls. I hardly started this conversation. They instantly devalue you by saying that. but I’m glad to open more eyes to it. you hit nails on the head here! Yikes – I get hundreds of emails daily for free . Thirty years after developing and consistently renewing the Mita brainpowered tools – people still want ‘em for free! Here’s the clincher – “Just come and talk to this group for free and you can get more “exposure. Contributor 1 year ago Author Dr Weber. Sign up to follow your favorite billionaire and get news alerts delivered right to your inbox.No. Explore our 1. Give when and where you can. But didn’t they come to you? Ladies and gentlemen don’t let leeches make you question your value. I’ve spoken at a prominent business school and a popular business magazine’s conference and neither yielded any business or paying opportunities. I’ve had to start filtering which one’s I’ll do for free. support advice. I never go into a speaking event with the intention of converting clients or gaining exposure. You Can't Pick My Brain. But at a certain point the brain needs to kick in as a safeguard so you don’t end up in dire straights. I get more paying clients from blog posts than exposure in well known global magazine articles written about me. It’s hit or miss. #1 Carlos Slim Helu #76 Aliko Dangote Latest News » #86 Robin Li Latest News » #17 Alice Walton Latest News » #601 Sean Parker Page 5 of 6 http://www. But earn what you’re worth! Reply + expand comment 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 … 9 The Forbes 400 World's Billionaires Latest News » Celebrity 100 World's Leading Companies more + Forbes began ranking the World's Billionaires 25 years ago. It Costs Too Much . it works kind of like media.” Still looking for the big bank that converts exposure into bill payments! All to say thanks for the great article Adrienne! Together we can learn better how to give pro bono within reason. and shout NOOOOOOOOOOO in all other instances:-) You’ve launched us well here:-) Reply Adrienne Graham. There’s a time for giving and philanthropy and there’s a time for business. I always find it funny when people complain that they can get the information elsewhere for free.

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