If I hear one more, ‘Can you just…?’ I’m going to become more than a little unladylike. It’s all getting far beyond a joke.
Somehow I seem to have become everyone’s free photographer/advisor/trainer/counsellor/legal expert and go between.
Following on from last week’s ‘friend’ nicking my photos, I’ve since been asked:
“Can you just do a photoshoot of my new display “I’ll credit you in the book when I write it”
Big woo. What a fantastic carrot that is: ‘I’ll credit you in my non existent book if I ever get round to writing it.’ I can hardly contain myself.
“Can you just give me few pointers on how to get the best from my new camera?”
‘Yes I can, See this? They call it an instruction book. Read it.’
“Can you just teach me how to take better photos?”
‘Yes. Use your camera. Failing that, go to college and learn how to do it.’
“Can you just tell me how to get my product into wedding fairs?”
‘Do your research and make a few phone calls like I had to.’
This one particularly pissed me off as he then wrote back to me and complained the contact I gave him wasn’t very helpful. Well sod off and find your own contacts then.
“Can you just fill me in on copyright law?”
Of course all the answers here are in my head and not what came out of my mouth. I’m feeling well and truly used and abused by just about everyone at the moment. I did all my own legwork when I started my business. Why does everyone else seem to want me to hand them all my knowledge or expertise on a plate?
Quite often people phone me for information, I jump onto my computer (not literally but it’s oh so tempting) and find them the answer in about a minute via Google. If I can do it, why can’t they?
I’m within a gnat’s knacker of exploding at the next person who approaches me with one more stupid ‘Can you just…’ request.
The answer, I know, is in my own hands. All it takes is a simple ‘no.’ I know this but I can’t seem to get the word out of my mouth.
Can you just teach me how to do it?