How To Stop Yourself From Giving Strategy Away for Free
The first thing to do is to recognize that you are giving it away.
You might not be aware because some ‘friends’ and family are really good at extracting information from you without you realizing they are.
The best way to stop is to make the initial contact about the other person!
Avoid talking about yourself; take control of the situation and be the one to ask questions about their new project or business. People love talking about themselves anyway, so that should be fairly easy! Ask about products, services, employees, business in general, issues, fun campaigns, community involvement. You get it.
Getting someone to talk about themselves makes it so you aren’t required to talk about yourself and your knowledge.
Stop Those Brain Picking Sessions Once and For All
The code words for someone wanting to pick your brain is ‘let’s meet for coffee’.
If you hear this, runthe other way!
Take it from one social media manager to another; it was a lesson learned the hard way!
Seriously; meeting for coffee is the oldest trick in the book.
Unless it is a long-lost highschool friend who is really interested in coffee, ‘meeting for coffee’ means “I am going to buy you a $4 drink and you are going to help me by giving me a social media marketing strategy.”
How to stop these brain-picking sessions once and for all? Here are some ideas.
‘No’. In this case, no is a complete sentence. If they ask ‘why’ you can elaborate. If they don’t ask, don’t tell.
‘Let’s meet on Zoom instead. Here is the link to my online calendar for a free 15-minute consultation.’ That leaves it to them to book and for you to be in charge of the meeting since it’s yours to lead!
‘I don’t do coffee. Would you like to book a consultation with me?’ and give them the link to your online calendar.