How often do we hear “Can I pick your brain?” in our working life?
Regularly on social media I read posts mentioning this very question and how to respond.
When you become successful in your space and make a name for yourself; people ask you if they
“Can I bounce some ideas off you?”
“Can I pick your brain?”
“Can I buy you a coffee?”
If answering this awkward question is done correctly, it could land you your next big client, sell your online training course, or anything else for that matter.
Before we go into some ways to handle this question, let’s re-frame your ideas around your skills
Would you go into a shop and run away with a load of clothes without paying for them? NO!
I didn’t think so! So why would you let someone take all your brainpower for free?
Pablo Picasso had the right idea when he was sitting in a café in Paris; a woman approached him and asked him to draw a picture for her.
“That’ll be 1 million francs”. He replied
“But it only took you thirty seconds!” She said
“Yes,” said Picasso. “But it took me 50 years to learn how to draw that in thirty seconds.”
So next time you devalue your skills, take some time to think about this story and how much time and effort you have put into honing your craft and learning new skills.
This is just why we created an online course, so we can deliver just the right valuable information en mass to people who really need help with their personal brands.
Building your personal brand the right way really helps to alleviate most time wasters
Building your personal brand makes a massive difference to how others see you, treat you and what they expect of you.
The people who ask you for your help should have a vision of you, your personal brand should make them understand who you are way before they even approach you. To pick your brains.
Ideally, your personal brand will have made them aware how you could help them and if they could afford you or your solution.
“Can I pick your brain”
If you are unsure about them and whether they are expecting you to give them some of your time for free, then you can ask the questions outlined in the video below.
If you do want to build your personal brand then please give me a shout and I will help you. Alternatively please visit Profile Jetpack for a $1 trial for a month’s personal branding training.