Posts Tagged: pick my brain

Not Everyone Needs To Bring Someone In Long Term

I started offering a la carte services this week. Well, I’ve always offered them, but haven’t had them published in an accessible fashion before. Why try to (what some may consider) ‘down sell’ a potential client? It’s pretty simple: business under a certain size need help and need to accelerate their learning curve, but they don’t always need a long term consultant – that’s for larger business, longer films, bigger bands, larger wineries (which I also do). This? This is for you.

The a la carte things I offer are designed to help the average one or two person endeavor break the learning barrier, get a road map to both online and offline efforts and tools, learn how to think about adaptive media and integration for themselves, and generally find their way in such a way that they can be responsible for their own growth without being scared or intimidated or feeling lost.

One word of caution: I dump a lot of information on folks in these a la carte sessions. This is not “sit in a room and listen to me talk”. This is “please bring your laptop to the table and your business plan and let’s both get our hands dirty helping you out for the day.” I require that the people who take the immersion course already have dipped their toes in to social media, because this is about so much more than just how to set up social profiles. If that’s a fit for you, click the a la carte link in the sidebar ->

The “Pick My Brain” Experiment

I get asked several times a day to meet for “picking my brain”. When I do have time (which is rare) and get to help someone, I get told “You should make this a service you offer!” I tweeted that out tongue in cheek today, and the response via DM and email to really make it a service was immediate.

So, you asked for it, you got it.



No further bookings will be accepted for this service at that point, so if you’ve been procrastinating, act now.

The Scoop:



“Let me take you out to [insert beverage type or meal] and pick your brain about something” has to be the thing I get asked the most.

I’m flattered to be considered pick-worthy, but one of the reasons you want to ask me questions is that I’m good at what I do and that takes time (and time is money, so to speak), which leaves little time for the simpler requests. So many people suggested I make the request into a service, I thought I’d take them up on it. At the moment this is a limited time experiment. We’ll see how it goes and if it makes actually doing my job more difficult, or if it is something we all enjoy. See below for cost.

Tell me a bit about you, and about why you want to Pick My Brain. Then schedule one of my available appointment times.

Legal stuff:

1) This is advice only. I can’t be held responsible for you deciding to use my advice for nefarious deeds and schemes. It’s intended to help you be better at what you need to be better at.

2) Sometimes I won’t be able to answer something if it falls under an NDA. Some of my clients require these little gems of legal silence. I’ll let you know that’s why if this happens and the genie will grant you another wish. Er, I mean, I’ll answer a different question.

3) I can’t create an entire strategy for your organization in an hour knowing not much about how you work as a whole, what your goals are, etc. That’s not what this is for. This is intended for questions I *can* answer in an hour. Think ahead to what matters most to you to know RIGHT NOW.

I hope this helps you out and allows me to give some nice people the advice they need at a price they can afford and in a way that doesn’t eat my schedule alive. 🙂