130: Listener Q&A—Why I Can’t Stand the Question “Can I Pick Your Brain” And What to Offer Instead

This week kicks off a new Listener Q&A feature of the podcast, but before we dive in: I would love to hear from you! Yes, you. As a listener, you might think as a listener I’m getting lots of submissions already, but that’s not the case—things like this always take some momentum to get going.

So drop me a voice note at http://pivotmethod.com/ask and share a challenge you’re facing or something you’re curious about, and I'll share my thoughts along with a BookRx: a book prescription of two or three books that have been helpful for me in that area.

Topics Covered:

  • [03:34] Why I love 30-30s as a replacement for asking, "Can I pick your brain?" The latter phrase creates internal resistance. It feels like value is trying to be extracted from your brain. 

  • [06:56] 30-30s are calls set up for the mutual benefit of both people. This format approaches with quality in mind. 

  • [10:15] Mentors are helpful, but friendtor relationships can be even more beneficial as a long-term strategy sometimes.

  • [12:53] It's also helpful to set up a visioning call. Spend 30 minutes dreaming. 

  • [14:48] Design the time for what works for you. Set a personal intention and bring the best energy that you can. 

Have a question related to this episode? Ask us here, by leaving a quick voice note. We look forward to rolling all of your questions together and creating a listener Q&A show soon :) Read the full transcript here.

Listener Q&A—Why I Can’t Stand the Question “Can I Pick Your Brain” And What to Offer Instead

Press play below or listen on iTunesSoundCloudOvercast, or Google Play Music

Check out other episodes of the Pivot Podcast here. Be sure to subscribe via iTunesAndroid or SoundCloud, and if you enjoy the show I would be very grateful for a rating and/or review! And sign-up for my weekly(ish) behind-the-business newsletter to receive curated round-ups of what I’m reading, watching, listening to, and new tools I’m geeking out on.