If you’re a respected member of a business or social network, you’ve inevitably been posed the question, “Can I pick your brain?” Besides just the ugly visual, there is something very selfish about this common request, particularly in a
Perhaps it’s just a sign of the times that help and advice are in great demand by a growing number of people. That’s understandable. But, asking for assistance without the desire to reciprocate directly contradicts the give-and-take that should be happening among you and your networking contacts.
If you are a guilty offender who has been known to “pick the brains” of unsuspecting fellow networkers without offering anything in return, it’s time to rethink your behavior. Everyone is currently going through challenges, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who couldn’t benefit from the advice, support and help of others. However, in networking, it’s about sharing, not just receiving. Regardless of your situation, you do have the ability to help others.