No, You Can't Pick My Brain. It Costs Too Much [www.forbes.com]
I love giving advice. I write blogs, articles and a newsletter. I host a radio show. I tweet, Facebook and share nuggets of advice almost daily. So what is it in all of that, that would make anyone think they can still have the right to “pick my brain”?
I can’t tell you how flattering it is to be approached by representatives from major companies seeking my wisdom and advice. It shows they are listening, and like what I have to say.
But often I find the road ends when they are just on a fact finding mission. That mission is to pick my brain to gather as much free intel and knowledge they need to make their jobs easier.
Not gonna happen, sorry. My brain costs money to maintain. There’s training, classes to attend, reading (I have to buy books), gaining certifications, costs of memberships so I can network, attending conferences and mastering my skills that all cost me money.
I have to protect my investment. How fair is it to me to give away all the knowledge I have acquired that I use to make my living, pay my bills and eat?
How do I add a YouTube search to my site? [www.askdavetaylor.com]
This is becoming a habit, reverse engineering search engines on popular Web sites! you name the site, from eBay to Google, and I've written about how to add a search box for that particular site on your own website, blog or social network profile page.
The good news is that it's a fun task, at least if you're a bit of an HTML geek like I am, and it's also a chance to dig into a high-powered Web site and see a bit about what they're doing behind the scenes.