Anyone who follows me knows that I’m not a big fan of brain-picking.
I’m not trying to be snobby here, but it’s simple math:
If I’m getting three brain-picking requests every day, that works out to over 1000 of them every year.
Should I take time to help all those people, it would distract me from helping my paying clients.
Years ago, I tried to assist everyone who reached out to “pick my brain”.
The result was I ended up tired and feeling like a french fry being fought over by a bunch of hungry seagulls at the beach.
So I got very clear on boundaries, and decided that I would only allow my clients/customers to pick my brain.
What a change …
Last Saturday night, I got a message from one of my laser coaching clients who was having an issue. Since I give my clients access to pick my brain, I welcomed this message and got back to her quickly with my advice to solve her issue.
From the sounds of it, my advice did the trick for her.
If I didn’t enforce clear boundaries, I wouldn’t be able to show up for clients like that!
My suggestion is to be ruthless when handling brain-picking requests.
I’m not saying that you can’t help those people in some way. For example, I might point someone to a podcast episode or blog post that answers their question. BUT I don’t recommend engaging in long back-and-forth conversations or booking hour-long calls with them.
If you’d like to have me in your corner and available for brain-picking requests, you can become a laser coaching client of mine for less than $84/month.
I just opened up eight spots for my laser coaching, and it’s first-come, first-served.
The deadline is this Sunday night at midnight EST, and you can get the details here: