“Can I pick your brain over coffee?” “Can I call you and pick your brain?” “Can I pick your brain?” Ew. Are you tired of hearing this phrase used in every way imaginable? For those who use this phrase on others, let’s count the ways in which it is received. Then we’ll look at ways to avoid getting your brain picked over until there’s nothing left. You’re just sitting around waiting to help me. You don’t know how to do something, yet you know you’d like to learn. So you see an expert who appears successful at that thing. If your solution is to ask to “pick their brain,” you send them your assumption that they’re not working hard at their craft and just waiting for the next opportunity to be graced with this question. Wrong. If you can externally see someone’s success, you’re seeing the tip of the iceberg […]
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Every.single.platform. That’s where women get exposed (quite literally, quite often) to sexual harassment from others. Twelve minutes ago, I hopped onto Periscope to “share” a beer with my viewers and chat about going to see Wonder Woman tonight with my daughter. Less than three minutes in, I get this: Lovely. A random viewer decided his question about my personal hygiene was a perfect segue from my alliteration about Blue Moon and Business Unusual. Because, why not, right? Later in the broadcast, after I lit into his comment, he told me, “Oh, lighten up.” No. It’s my broadcast and I don’t need to lighten up. You, sir, are welcome to go find another broadcast where you can assume the woman on the other end must really want you to ask her questions about her genitals. Different Day This isn’t a new thing. It’s a new harasser on a new day. Usually […]