Can I Buy You Coffee? Or Lunch? STOP Wait Question…

More often than not, people who ask you, “can I buy you coffee?” these questions don’t understand your value. They are under the impression that your time is free, that you are available to give them free advice.

“I’d love to pick your brains for a bit. Can I buy you coffee?”  

This is what I would say to someone whose business acumen and knowledge inspires me. If this person has anything they could teach me or tell me about their industry, I’m all ears.  

What do you think? Would it be worth my time to pay them a visit in exchange for some of their time? What if there was something new that they had learned about the industry and wasn’t currently known by anyone else? It might just be worth my while!

But why? The reason they ask you if they can “pick your brains” or they say: “Can I buy you coffee?” is that you have not demonstrated your value to them by doing something really amazing or by actually building your personal brand the right way.

Building your personal brand is one of the most exciting things that you can do for your career. It is one of the most enjoyable things you can do too. So why aren’t YOU doing it?

Building a personal brand is not about building a brand around what you buy, but who you buy from (a concept I have discussed this many times in other articles and included some links below.)

Here is the: The Ultimate Guide To Personal Branding

Here is the: Brand yourself: personal branding for business owners

Building your personal brand is one of the most exciting things that you can do for your career. It is one of the most enjoyable things you can do too. Building your personal brand is not about building a brand around what you do but who you are and what makes you tick.

Becoming a trusted resource for people is a great way to build relationships, although not at the expense of your time. If you waste your time having coffee or letting people pick your brains, life will become difficult.

Building your personal brand is one of the most exciting things that you can do for your career. It is one of the most enjoyable things you can do too. Building your personal brand is not about building a brand around what you buy but who you are and what makes you tick.

But why is your personal brand enjoyable to build?

Because you get to be who you want to be, you get to transmit your authentic self to people and to be recognised for your skills and beautiful talents and be recognised for what you want, not for what Google says about you or other social media channels; you get to explain exactly what you do in words that resonate to your target audience.

Building your personal brand is one of the most exciting things that you can do for your career. It is one of the most enjoyable things you can do too.

Learning about personal branding is so important.

Building a strong personal brand will get people to engage with you in ways they never have before because they want to know more about YOU. How did YOU get so successful? How did YOU manage to build such an amazing company?

You will become more memorable and recognisable in places where there’s pressure on time, and news cycles are short, where people need their problems solved fast, where people who buy from us buy again. So why aren’t YOU doing this already?

You also get to have fun, having fun is so important, it is the most crucial thing you can do for you to enjoy what you are doing and it enables you to bring happiness to others…why would you want to speak to people at work who were not happy?

If you need help, please drop me a line nat@natschooler.com or visit the blog below with 40 slides to show you how to do it…

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