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You have now entered “The Consulting Zone” – #ConstChat Recap

Construction Chat is a weekly chat on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

If you’re free, we’d love you to join us.

#ConstChat Can I Pick Your Brain?


This week’s chat topic is about having our brains picked.

We all have that friend, relative, or business associate that will call us every once in a blue moon to have coffee, lunch, or breakfast.  We cringe. Yet, out of loyalty or guilt, we go.

Five minutes in, “Hey can I pick your brain?” There it is. Another free consultation.

This type of situation can happen with any professional service but seems to abound in the construction industry.


“I have to protect my investment. How fair is it to me to give away all the knowledge I have acquired that I use to make my living, pay my bills and eat?” Adrienne Graham, Forbes “No, You Can’t Pick My Brain. It Costs Too Much


“I do think that people should do things for free for exposure. I still do things for free and I get very compensated for my time and my efforts. … Money is not the only way to pay.” Gary Vaynerchuk


There has to be a balance between giving enough information away to raise your brand’s value yet not giving away your secret sauce.

So, when exactly have you crossed from the light questions into “The Consulting Zone?”

Lots of answers. Lots of scrolling.

Q1: How do you respond to requests to pick your brain?

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Can I pick your brain? #ConstChat Topic for 3/26/15

#ConstChat Can I Pick Your Brain?Are you in construction? Do you want to build up your following? Are you looking to connect with the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) community?

You’re in luck!

Joining our weekly Twitter Chat may just be the right thing for you.

Construction Chat is on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

How to Join a Chat:

1. Follow the hashtag on Twitter (but don’t forget to add #ConstChat manually after your tweet or we won’t see your tweet).

2. Use Hootsuite or TweetDeck and make a column for #ConstChat (but don’t forget to put #ConstChat manually after your tweet).

3. Go to the Twubs page for #ConstChat.

4. My preferred method is using TweetChat. Just go here and log in with your Twitter account. You can even highlight the moderator so you don’t miss questions. Continue reading

Featured Tweeter @BlueCollarJames

Everyone starts somewhere in Social Media.  Tips and tricks we’ve all learned along the way can be especially helpful to those still navigating uncharted waters.

This interview series features twitter accounts in and around the construction industry, a growing population within the Twittersphere.  My only disclaimer is that I do not always agree with the advice.


Twitter Name: @BlueCollarJames
Twitter Bio: Faith, by itself is really no faith at all. It’s when we put actions to our faith that God’s faithfulness can be revealed. Faith, without hard work, is dead.
City/State: Oak Grove, MO
Main Website: bluecollarliving.com
Facebook Page: facebook.com/BlueCollarLiving
Admin Name:  James Dibben
LinkedIN Profile:  linkedin.com/in/jamesdibben
Klout Score: 49
Followers: 553
Following:Follower Ratio: 0.56


1. When did you start your twitter account?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010.

2. What was your biggest obstacle in twitter?

Understanding all the hashtags and how they worked.

3. How often do you tweet? Do you have a schedule?

I try to interact with my followers daily. I write (blogs) three times per week and will share that content an average of four times on the day the post is published. Continue reading