A Consultant’s Cri de Couer

As a consultant, I feel this way sometimes:

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.

But often I find the road ends when they are just on a fact finding mission. That mission is to pick my brain to gather as much free intel and knowledge they need to make their jobs easier.

Usually I get that feeling when someone says Hey, can you look at this Web site real quick for me? or Hey, what’s the best tool to use for this task?

Which happens. More often than someone wants to throw money at me to do it, sadly.

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