Hanna,

Don’t know if you’ve seen this comic? I always thought it was pretty hilarious: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/exposure

Good points. As a writer, I get asked this all the time, as many writers experience. Now, I’m a huge proponent of informational interviews and asking people to “pick their brain” and actually, I haven’t really received a lot of negative feedback. I’m grateful for people that are willing to help a struggling rookie.

I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this: what should someone like me do instead? What if there’s an awesome, knowledgeable, informed person I want to speak with — is there any capacity where I can (in good conscience) ask them out to “pick their brain” without paying money? I always offer to buy coffee/lunch/whatever, and meet them wherever is easiest for them. But what are some appropriate ways of having this conversation?

-Anthony

Writer for CNBC, Business Insider, Fast Company, Thought Catalog, Yahoo! Finance, and you. Come say hey. anthonymoore.co

Writer for CNBC, Business Insider, Fast Company, Thought Catalog, Yahoo! Finance, and you. Come say hey. anthonymoore.co