Do you remember how different life was before the Internet? Is it me or has the word “help” really lost its value and meaning?
The other day, someone I will call Mike approached me on Skype. After a short exchange of first-time greetings, Mike said the following: “I need help to set up my blog. I saw you were a professional with a heart.” This last sentence made me really uncomfortable. Knowing from experience were the conversation was headed, I ended it rather quickly.
Mike is not the first person to approach me that way. Actually, I encounter that type of individuals at least once a week. While I do not mind helping strangers with little things, I do not like sweet talk. Telling someone that they are “a professional with a heart” within two minutes of a first-time conversation means that they are looking for a freebie.
I have spent the last six years working hard to acquire my knowledge. I have done a lot of research, read books, attended webinars, networked, observed experts, used my past experiences, taken notes, and spent money. I have listened to and applied every advice. As a result, I have learnt what works and what does not. So, while I am more than happy to share some tips and advice in my blogs or during conversations, I consider my services very valuable and worth much more than a lunch or a few compliments.
People would never expect to receive a free TV or car when they enter a store for the first time. So why should entrepreneurs sell themselves short, especially on the Internet?