“Free” Help

Nicole Jordan wrote a blog post on her site called “No You Can’t Pick My Brain” earlier this month. This has been stuck in my head since she wrote it and then some.

Excerpt:

Strategic and creative counsel is one of the most under-monetized aspects of being in the communications and marketing business. Would you ask a lawyer to coffee to “pick his brain?”

I, too, get these types of people asking for advice or help. They are my friends, colleagues, coworkers, acquaintances, family. I started to wonder if this was a woman thing. My semi-educated guess/basis: women are naturally inclined to create community, help, take the brunt of the work, and my favorite*- be underpaid.

I found Jordan’s post to be reassuring that I’m not the only person who feels this way. I also found her post to be good reminder for all of us to protect ourselves professionally. Yes, you can give out that advice, but be aware of and acknowledge the value you are also doling out for that cup of coffee.

* If you don’t know me by now… I’m totally being sarcastic.