Yesterday, I got a reminder of why I need to make some changes as far as who I am and how I’m viewed. In a calendar year, I get approached by a good number of people that want insight, ideas and access. I end up in conversations where I provide avenues, concrete knowledge and solutions. However, none of it benefits me on the front end and the backend is always contingent.
It’s frustrating because I really do want to help people, but I don’t want to be a “what’s in it for me?” person. I do expect the good nature in people to say “Cam, since you’re looking out for me, this is for you.” but realistically how many people are going to offer compensation AFTER getting the info they are looking for? I get tapped to think for free, write for free and speak for free. It seems that I am constantly sold the “what if” and that mythical life changing “E-word”, Exposure.
So what do I do? Start making myself hard to reach? Put a dollar amount on my time and conversation and not even breathe in a askers direction until a deposit is made? Do I drum up one sheet agreements to assure my backend compensation clears no matter the outcome? I’m putting all this out in the universe because I’m not sure. To be honest, I think I should do all of the above. My worry is that people will deem it self serving and not be open to collaborate. It may just be time I get over that worry. I’m sure McDonald’s doesn’t care how bad you want $2 off combo meals if 1 million other people aren’t complaining.
What I do know for sure is, there is value in my mind, conversation and execution and I’m going to start making sure that is understood before I reveal any more while taking less.