Why You Should Never Ask to Pick Someone’s Brain

Entrepreneurs share a strong camaraderie—a sort of unspoken solidarity within the small business community. But the commonplace phrase “pick your brain” can transform connecting into begging.

And since entrepreneurial etiquette can be a bit confusing, my small business slice clears up the code of conduct for networking with one another. Just a simple lesson in minding your mingling manners.

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Most entrepreneurs understand the importance of networking with other professionals and business owners.

There’s one habit I’d like you to resist—avoid the urge to ask someone if you can pick their brain. This is the professional equivalent of asking for a free handout.

When you ask if you can pick their brain, you’re lowering the value of their time. You’re lowering their perception of you. And you’re lowering the likelihood of you doing anything truly useful with their advice because you invested nothing to receive it.

Instead, if you are looking for a friend, be a friend first. If you’re looking for a mentor for your business, serve them first. Or if you’re looking for a coach or consultant, offer to pay them first.

Now, I’d like you to share in the comments section below how you respond when someone asks you if they can pick your brain.

Also, if you’ve got any questions you’d like me to answer in a future video, ask that below as well.

Thanks for watching and happy networking.

Join the conversation: Share how you respond when someone asks if they can pick your brain.

I respond to every question and comment. So, please, join the conversation!


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