I’m sure we’ve all experienced it: we spend hours learning a skill or process, invest thousands of dollars in the education, given up free time, sleep, and doubled-down to learn all the nuances. At the end of it all, we have a deep understanding of the complete process.
Then somebody comes along and asks to pick our brain. If that wasn’t bad enough, they want it for free.
I’ve been guilty of this myself!
After all, it’s not difficult to convince a passionate subject-matter expert to talk about their passion!
Now that I understand a little bit more about what somebody may have invested in their knowledge, I don’t expect information for nothing.
Before I created a business helping authors to finally write their books, see it published, and launched a best-seller, I spent years working on my writing craft. Like 8 years of serious study, practice, and writing really poorly!
Did you know I hold a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona?
Not to mention, I’ve invested the last decade to learn everything I could about marketing, publishing, and the book industry. Including all the “new” nuances added by self-publishing!
When we look at the dollars invested in myself … well, let’s not go there because it’s a truly staggering number. And I still invest in myself – so I can use that knowledge to make your book the best it can be as a piece of writing and in a best-seller launch.
So when somebody wants to “pick my brain” … gotta say, I really shudder. Even if I COULD distill my passion down into a 30-minute conversation – why do I want to dump all that on you in a format that you can’t actually use?
It’s a disservice to BOTH of us.
And remember, I DO give a ton of my knowledge away for free. And I do it in baby bird bites so you can consume it. A great resource is right here on the blog and in the newsletter. I’ve also got a Facebook group with weekly micro-trainings (different than what I share here.)
When you’re ready to invest in yourself and move beyond “brain picking” and free resources, THEN let’s talk. Your first step is to apply for a Writing Adventure Discovery Session so I know what your needs are and then we jump on the phone to see if we’re a fit to work together.