Don't do this when you're asking someone to help you

Every time I think I’ve seen it all somebody comes and raises the bar.

I guess that’s a good thing because I might run out of stuff to write about otherwise.

Here’s how it went down:

Him: Hi Eric,

I want to be proactive in introducing myself because I’m interested in pursuing a consulting career with PwC. Would you be available this week to have a 15-minute discussion about consulting opportunities?


Me: Hey [Redacted] –

Thanks for the note. If you have questions I can help you with, shoot them to me at [email protected] to start.

I’m getting a lot of these requests and trying to save the majority of the phone time for my private coaching clients.

– EB

Him: Thank you for accepting my connection request and for responding. I am interested in pursuing a consulting career at PwC. Do you manage a team of consultants?

Me: Yes sir

Him: Excellent, can we connect this week to talk about consulting opportunities?

You’re making me work on this one, I like it! 🙂

And… scene.

I share this with you for a couple of reasons. This type of pressing with a client when you’ve gotten clear direction on something can get you straight up flamed. It can be something as simple as bastardizing the the term “agile”. Ask me how I know…

The second thing is who else is supposed to do the work when he randomly hit me up to do him a favor.

Here’s the thing though. When someone’s doing you a solid, it will serve you well to make yourself easy to help.

Learning how to write a better email that will actually get a positive response is easy, and you can learn how here: