This post is going to sound overly 傲慢.
毕竟我’m “all about 网络ing,”对？我谈论“培育关系” right?
<start arrogance here>
最近我 got an email from someone saying they knew me through so-and-so and they wanted to have lunch with me. It was more than a “get to know 您 聊天，” it was a “you’ve done this and that and I want to 向你学习.”
I 得到 this type of 自由 lunch invitation regularly. All the time.
In the past I have 采取 n the opportunity to do it. I meet with the person, they buy me lunch, I 得到 excited and share 所有 kinds of ideas, and they walk away energized and thankful.
For me, a lunch usually means three hours out of the office, IF 您 meet me at a restaurant close to my office.
After those three hours 我不知道’t hear from 您, ever. Until the next time 您 want to buy me a 自由 lunch.
那 is my hourly rate.
不。 它为N’t good 网络ing. But I’我经营公司，我必须管理自己的时间。
I could probably swing a 自由 lunch every day for a month. I bet I could.
让’s say that is 20 days. I will 得到 about $250 of 自由 lunches. To 得到 that I’ll spend 20 days * 3 hours = 60 hours, in ONE MONTH, on 帮助 people.
那’s nice … 帮助 people for 60 hours.
我说错了吗“give me $250 and I’ll meet with 您?”
彼得·尚克曼（Peter Shankman），他的职业生涯非常出色（<–轻描淡写） 写了类似的帖子 去年基于一条推文：
I know this sounds grossly 傲慢, but there is a real issue here. It might be about respect. It might be about valuing the information. It might be about supply/demand (my time, 您r needs). I’我不确定是什么问题，但是有问题。
也许我’m wrong. 也许我’m missing out on a lot of 网络ing opportunities, and the chance to meet a lot of cool people.
I’ll 采取 the loss, because I have a business I’米跑步。你不会’t 给 您r product, or service, or time, away, 所有 the time, would 您?