We’ve all been there: at the beginning of our careers we’ll chat with potential “clients” over coffee, we’ll accept invites to talk about social media over a chai tea (because duh, we’re obsessed with social media and chai tea)… And in the end, we don’t get a request for a social media marketing proposal, we don’t get paid for our social media advice and we realize we got paid in coffee.
When I read this article by Natalie Zaft, appropriately titled “Here’s What To Say When Someone Asks To ‘Pick Your Brain’ About Social Media Over Coffee”, I silently cheered, laughed and felt relieved someone put into words how I felt. I’m all for talking with people (especially students!) who are confused about their careers and want to learn more about what a social media strategist does, but I won’t spend time with someone who doesn’t recognize the value of my time.
Because I feel like I’d just be regurgitating what Natalie said in her article, I beg you, before messaging me to “pick my brain” about social media marketing (or any other professional’s brain about their speciality), read this article. (And yes, I am twinning with her when I say I’m not referring to introductory or follow up meetings with potential clients!)
So, what if you actually want to go for coffee with me to discuss your social media strategy and want a one to two-hour session with my undivided attention? Contact me and we can make it happen… But only if you let me send you an invoice.