No You Can’t Pick My Brain for Free, Sorry

social media agency time management pick brain for free lunchCan I pick your brain please? How about a free lunch? Will you review my mobile application and tell all of your friends about it? We have all seen and heard these desperate marketing attempts at gaining free knowledge and help.

If you have worked a day in business you likely know that time is money. If you do not put a value on your time, nobody else will. You must put a value on your knowledge, resources and time you spend on whatever it is you do. When you put value on your time and knowledge, those around you will do the same.

There is not a day that goes by that I am not bombarded by requests to meet for a free “pick your brain” session, review new mobile applications, videos, marketing plans, infographics and the list goes on.

Every morning I jump on to Twitter to find people begging for follows, downloads of apps, and sharing of content to help it go viral. The truth is that there is no cookie cutter solution to starting, launching and growing a business for real results. You must get in the head of your audience. You must set goals and you must nurture relationships that can help you grow.

When you spend your days online begging and pleading for free help you are hurting your brand more than helping.

I am not saying we shouldn't give our time to those in need. My point is that those asking for free time should first build a relationship with the person who they want to engage with and learn from.

Life and business is about relationships. It seems that too many are wanting to skip the relationship in exchange for the magic carpet ride and easy button, which in reality does not exist. The sooner you can learn this fact, the better your business and life will be.

In this episode of the Social Zoom Factor podcast I share with you why I do not accept the “pick my brain” free lunch invitations. I also share with you exactly how you can work with me, my agency and our team.

Episode Highlights

  • The importance of placing value on your time and knowledge
  • Building relationships as a first priority
  • Why I do not accept the “free lunch brain picking” invitations
  • How to avoid spamming and brand damage
  • How you can work with me and our agency, Marketing Nutz

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CEO / Founder Marketing Nutz, full service social media, digital marketing, experiential brand, conversion optimization agency. Ranked by Forbes as Top 10 Social Media Women and 10 Social Media Power Influencer. Keynote speaker, author, strategist, consultant, coach, & trainer. Helps businesses of all sizes integrate social media into the DNA of their business, connect with target audiences to nurture authentic customer relationships. 15+ years experience working with Fortune 500, Franchised corporations with 4000+ local franchises to entrepreneurs and startups.


  1. Melonie Dodaro September 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Well said Pam. An all too common problem…unfortunately. Givers Get!

  2. Dallas McMillan September 24, 2014 at 8:05 am

    A friend of mine created an app for this – it lets you bill people to pick your brain. Brilliant!

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