Yes Please, Pick My Brain

We met casually during one of our local writers events and totally hit it off!

During that time I was working on my first book (The Strawberry Lounge Story, How I got over my Fears, dumped my Excuses and started the Business of my Dreams, the Motherpreneur Way) and wanted to get write -ups in newspapers.

I had so many questions! And only google as my assistant. But that’s not really the same, is it? I needed to talk to somebody in the know! And Robert came to mind. He wasn’t just a senior reporter, he was the former editor and publisher of a now extinct independent, local newspaper! I searched for his business card and called! To say I wasn’t nervous is a lie!

“Gosh, get a grip Christina, all you’re doing is take a man out to lunch- to pick his brain! All he can say is no!”

OK, I sold him the idea a bit less direct, but the message was the same: Food in return for information! And guess what! He said yes! Robert gave me an hour of his time. One hour of delicious feasting, asking questions and hastily scribbled notes in between taking bites and lots of “Aha” moments on my side.

After our allocated hour we were both full, happy and contend. I picked up the bill (the first time ever I took a man out to pick his brain!!!) we parted ways and I felt rich and empowered!

I’m always so surprised when I read articles about ‘experts’ refusing to get their brain picked!                                                     Well, each their own.                                                                                                                                                                                                               You can pick mine!

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And here are five reasons why :

– First and foremost, it’s an honour to be asked! I have something (knowledge, experience) useful to you? Awesome, fire away!

I’m not a high caliber spy- I’m not giving away or trading state secrets.                                                                             Plus, I really don’t flatter myself: with some serious research you will find similar information on google. Somewhere in the vast cyberspace wasteland of ueber information, somebody has done what I’ve done. However, sitting and chatting with me is so much more entertaining, refreshing and faster than sitting alone in front of your computer finding out the exact info I can offer you!

I offer information! Most folks are after transformation! Big difference!                                                                                  Note: All the information out there, paid for (coaching sessions, seminars) or self accumulated via books, podcasts, webinars etc. mean nothing if you don’t act upon it. The real transformation happens when you are alone, take the time to digest and work on the information you received. So I can help you get the info to work with? Fantastic!

It’s my way to pay forward.                                                                                                                                 When I made the jump from using Movie Maker for my you tube videos to Premiere Pro for my Motherpreneur Video Production services, I was lost to say the least. One of my super awesome videographer buddies gave me a head start, he gave me an afternoon of his life. He sat with me and talked me through the basics. The rest was up to me. He offered me information! Me, myself and I worked on the transformation necessary to be where I am today! I know how it feels to be lost. Let me repay the favours others offered me!

It’s a trade!                                                                                                                                                                 You wanna pick my brain? Please, go ahead! However, I decide where and when. And most importantly, lunch is on you! Including drinks… The ball is in my corner. Ultimately, it’s up to me if I want to trade my time and knowledge for your invitation for lunch – or even better, dinner. I’m the one who says yes or no. Where and when. I’m in charge!

So, what are my areas of expertise you can ask me about?                                                                            Here they are, in no particular order:

How to transform yourself from one successful career to the next (my path includes 13 years as free lance fitness instructor in Sydney, London and Amsterdam. Coffee shop owner of Strawberry Lounge in Amsterdam, Videographer, writer and author in Canada)

How to start and succeed in running a successful brick and mortar business without the help of  social media.

How to sell is more important than what you sell! (Awesome tips on how to stand out from the crowd. Strawberry Lounge just celebrated its 10 year anniversary! Hurrah!).

What it takes to successfully immigrate with or without your children (Canada is my 7th country to live in- and we are still counting…)

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How to remain happily married (fun tips on how to keep your man feel like a man & how to make your man say yes to your big, fat crazy dream/vision/adventure)!

Here we go!                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Take your pick! And pick my brain!                                                                                                                                                                               Lunch or dinner is on you!                                                                                                                                                                                                   Send me a message!                                                                                                                                                                                                             And let’s do this!

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