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#48: How I Respond to, Can I Pick Your Brain?

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Release Date: 04/07/2022

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Since I have started educating in my business, whether that is having a coaching client or talking and giving advice on Instagram or the podcast, I more often get questions that are essentially, “Hey, can I pick your brain?” Sometimes that is exactly how it’s asked, sometimes it’s super tactful and addressing the fact that they understand I do this for a living and ask to grab coffee and chat, sometimes they offer to pay, but the question kind of remains the same. Another interesting layer to this is as I have worked with other people to work education and thought leadership into...

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Since I have started educating in my business, whether that is having a coaching client or talking and giving advice on Instagram or the podcast, I more often get questions that are essentially, “Hey, can I pick your brain?”

Sometimes that is exactly how it’s asked, sometimes it’s super tactful and addressing the fact that they understand I do this for a living and ask to grab coffee and chat, sometimes they offer to pay, but the question kind of remains the same.

Another interesting layer to this is as I have worked with other people to work education and thought leadership into their personal brand strategy, they begin to start having the same question asked to them. They then come to me to ask how they should address this.

I thought it was an interesting topic that would be great to dive into today! I mean, how do you even really respond when someone messages you, “can I pick your brain,” but the thing that they want to pick your brain about is the thing that your other clients pay you money for (or the thing that you want to get paid for).

That’s what we are talking about today! Here are some things I discuss in this episode:

  • Understanding what you want
  • Figuring out your boundaries
  • Realizing it’s okay to change based on your current season
  • Understanding where people are coming from
  • 3 things I offer to people when they ask me these types of questions
  • Examples of what to say/how to respond
  • My boundary when people have a very specific question for their specific experience/business (and what I say to direct them to my coaching)
  • Writing out your responses so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time
  • The hardest part of navigating conversations like this
  • Episode 19 and learning to respect people’s time

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