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Connect with Maxine Cunningham,

CEO of Pick My Brain

from Vancouver, Canada

Introduction

I am a(n):

CEO of Pick My Brain

I am also a(n):

Vancouver SaaS Startup Founder | Business Coach & Consultant for Independents | Knowledge Monetizer | Knowledge Strategist | Reoccuring Revenue Strategist | Package & Pricing Strategist | Digital Identity & Brand Strategist | Storyteller | Content Creator | Strategic Social Media Partner | Trained Economist | Creative Investor | Public Educator | Cofounder of Perspectives | Competitive W2's Beach Volleyball Player

What I do:

My mission, as the CEO of Pick My Brain, is to help our world's Brains become more available, accessible and useful to society.

Offer

My Offer:

I want to more people (and companies) share more of their time, knowledge, experience and expertise with others in new, creative and independent ways.

My ideal target audience:

Professionals who are motivated by:

> giving back
> sharing more of what they know and do with others.
> getting paid for their knowledge
> becoming more entrepreneurial
> meeting, connecting and inspiring new people
> teaching, mentoring, advising, coaching, consulting etc.
> creative offerings
> connecting on a more human level

I can help you:

  • share more of your time, knowledge, experience with people who would benefit greatly from it.
  • articulate your unique value to others.
  • identify who you are best suited to help based on your time, knowledge and experience.
  • package and price your time, knowledge and experience in new and creative ways.
  • make it easy for people to connect with you on deeper and more human level.
  • help more people.
  • integrate your new Pick My Brain profile into your work flow.
  • use your stories and network to attract the exact type of person you are interested in helping and spending time and energy on.
  • build a strong and influenceable digital identity over time.
  • make your life more exciting, purposeful and strategic.

About

A little bit about myself:

I am an investment banker, turned economist, turned entrepreneur.


I left my 9-5 job when I watched Airbnb, almost over night, create a global economic, social and environmental impact by monetizing a shared asset and putting it on a peer-to-peer marketplace. I was hooked. To me, this was the future and this was all I wanted to focus my attention on going forward.

To catch myself up I took a whole year on and spent it studying P2P marketplaces, monetization and future trends. It was during that year I decided what I wanted to monetize and make more available... knowledge.

Pick My Brain was born.


Fast forward 3 years, 1000's of conversations and 100's of experiments later, I am now the proud owner and CEO of my very own P2P marketplace.

My mission in life and in business right now is three fold:

1. To make the world’s Brains more available, accessible and useful to society.
2. To make it as easy to buy time, knowledge and experience from someone as it is to buy products online.
3. To give people an easier opportunity to share more of what the know and are good at with others on their own terms.

Why you might want to connect with me:

As the CEO and CoFounder of Pick My Brain I have helped 100's of Brains and companies not only discover what knowledge and experience they have but how they can go about sharing and monetizing it in new and creative ways.

Professional work experiences:

Educational experiences:

Portfolio

Where else you can find and follow me online:

My Pick My Brain portfolio:

Below are a just a few of the Brains I have recently worked with to help package and sell their time, knowledge and experience in new, creative and independent ways.

I am a:
Small Business Consultant with over 20 years of experience

I want to:
Help small business owners and entrepreneurial women manage and grow their small businesses.

I am available for:
Pick My Brain Calls ($30)
Strategy or Brainstorming Sessions ($50)
Consistent mentorship, coaching and advising on a monthly basis ($500 / month)

Backstory:
My Mom was one of the first Brains I on-boarded. 20+ years of experience running, managing, expanding and selling small businesses with 20+ employees. With retirement nearing, I couldn't help but stress about all of the knowledge that my Mom had in her head that wasn't going to be captured and reintegrated into the system. Although she loved the idea of sharing her knowledge with others, she didn't enjoy the idea of having to build a website and market herself all over again. When I asked her if I could hypothetically take all that work away and give her the opportunity to set her own rate, rules and availability so she could just focus on sharing her knowledge, she got excited. So we worked together, narrowed in on exactly what she wanted to do - help entrepreneurial women succeed- and then let her network know exactly how she could support them.


I am a:
Bitcoin Educator

I want to:
Help others understand the ins and outs of what bitcoin is, how to buy it, how to hold it securely, how to automatically bequeath it to loved ones.

I am available to be booked for a:
Pick My Brain Call ($30)
Coffee & Conversation ($50)
Buy your first bitcoin Session ($250)

Backstory:
The more time I spent with Alex the more I learned about bitcoin. The more I learned about bitcoin the more intrigued I became with its potential implications on society. Eventually, I learned enough from Alex that I wanted to invest in the currency myself. Alex walked me through everything step by step and made me feel incredibly confident doing so. That is when I asked Alex if he would be interested in offering the same kind of service to others, but this time as a knowledge consultant. He was down. Together we sat down to identify, package and articulate what exactly he wanted to provide and to whom. We also strategized about how he could use the content he already had on YouTube and Medium to let his network know of his latest unique offer. I can’t wait to see how many people book and pay Alex for his undivided attention and unique offer to help us all stay relevant regarding the digital currency era.


I am a:
ER Physician

I want to:
Offer career advice and support to aspiring medical students, aspiring emergency physicians and emergency physicians considering moving to BC.

I am available to be booked fro for:
Pick My Brain Calls($10)
Medical career coaching ($200 / session)

Backstory:
Val is a full-time ER doctor working in a tertiary care centre in the Vancouver lower mainland. Val is my beach volleyball partner and so we are always trading stories on what we see and notice in our industries. Val shared with me one day that something she wished she had access to during her first 3 years as a physician would have been some kind of medical career coach that she could check in with after an intense shift so that she could reflect on the decisions she made while she was under pressure and assess whether or not she took the most effective course of action. Immediately, I saw the value in what Val had just communicated with me. And so I asked her, do you think now that you are further along in your career you'd ever want to be a medical career coach for new and aspiring med students and offer exactly that? You could be a medical career coach who helps new doctors reflect on the decisions they've made in the ER. Like a medical career therapist almost. She liked it. And not only that, but she even identified that this could even be a service that new med students could claim continuing education credits for. Ultimately, Val has already identified that this is something she would like to do more and more of as she progresses through her career. The idea: 50% ER Doctor 50% Medical Career Coach / Therapist


I am a:
Personal Branding Coach

I want to:
Help people build and improve upon their personal brand in new, creative and fun ways

I am available to be booked for:
Pick My Brain Call ($30)
Branding Session ($150)
Branding Package ($500)
Branding Workshops for Groups and / or Companies ($1000)

Backstory:
A few months ago I got an email through Pick My Brain's "Contact Us Page" that read: "I was googling what "Pick My Brain" meant today because one of my clients used the term in one of our sessions and I had never heard it before and so I looked it up. And that is when I stumbled onto your website and it all became clear. And now that I understand it, I wanted to reach out to you because I am very interested in offering Pick My Brain sessions to my clients. In fact, I think I have been offering them all my life, just without realizing it and without charging for it. Well, I am ready to start charging for it and I was wondering if you could help me do that." After a few Pick My Brain calls with Anna we not only got her up and running to offer paid Pick My Brain calls but we also got really creative with all the other kinds of knowledge based services she could offer her network and clientele. I mean common, look at how cool her profile pic is. Those are the kinds of sessions she runs for people and what she tends to brings out of people.


I am a:
On-demand Shopify Consutlant

I want to:
Help you build, tweak, launch, scale and improve upon your Shopify store.

I am available to be booked for:
Pick My Brain Call ($30)
Shopify Help ($65 / hour)

Backstory:
Claudia is a verified Shopify Expert which means that Claudia has worked on and improved upon 100's of Shopify stores. Claudia and I saw an opportunity for her to leverage her knowledge for all those people who were either starting a Shopify store or needed assistance improving upon their Shopify store. And Claudia anticipated the option to talk it out 1-on-1 over the phone as a service would be a hit as she always received requests wondering what it would take to build a Shopify store, how much it would cost, how much time they should commit, whether or not Shopify was the right platform for them, how to make their Shopify store more user friendly, etc. So we packaged all those insider insights into Claudia's Pick My Brain services and now Claudia now has another consistent revenue stream in her pocket for a service she adores offering.


I am a:
Youtube Influencer

I want to:
Connect with anyone who is interested in: increasing their knowledge regarding nutritional health, learning more about plant-based diets, working for themselves as some point, becoming a content creator, building and or improving upon their own online community.

I am available to be booked for a:
Pick My Brain Call ($70)

Backstory:
In 2016 Sadia quit her job as a dietician at the VGH hospital and started to upload nutritional content to YouTube instead so she could share her knowledge with more people. In 1 years Sadia ended up attracting over 600,000+ subscribers on Youtube and officially became a self-employed YouTube and Instagram influencer. During that time I noticed that Sadia started to drown in emails - no kidding with 600,000 new fans - so the next time we hung out I asked her what if we could direct all those emails towards a page where only those who were willing to pay for her time could connect. She was immediately down and built a Pick My Brain profile the next day. Sadia has been successfully offering Pick My Brain calls to her audience ever since for $140 / hour. More recently, Sadia and I started to think of other ways she could package and sell her time, knowledge and experience. We landed on the potential of offering more consistent Youtube coaching for those who want to build or improve upon their channel and more transparent sponsorship for whoever would like Sadia to test their product and share it with her audience. Pick My Brain has become quite a good revenue stream for Sadia.


I am a:
Wardrobe & Home Decor Stylist

I want to:
Help you style your wardrobe and home with intention and meaning.

I am available to be booked for:
Pick My Brain Call ($30)
Wardrobe Consultation & Styling Session ($150)
Home Decor Consultation & Styling Session ($150)
Styling Assistant ($250 /day)

Backstory:
*Coming


I am a:
Expert Fundraising and Business Strategist, Reputable Pitch Coach

I want to:
Spend more of my time helping Vancouver entrepreneurs and startup founders come across as investment worthy companies.

I am available to be booked for:
Pick My Brain Call ($30)
Coffee and Conversation ($50)
Pitch & Presentation Session ($200)

Backstory:
Coming*


I am a:
Designer of well crafted brands & ideas

I want to:
Help you improve upon your brand.

I am available to be booked for:
Pick My Brain Session ($30)
Workshop your Brand Story and Marketing Strategy Sessions ($200)


I am a:
Personal & Corporate Health Strategist

I want to:
Help women carve out time to discover habits, tools, rituals and practises to keep their body, mind, spirit and business grounded and well nourished.

I am available to be booked for:
Pick My Brain Call ($30)
Personal Health & Wellness Assessment ($200)
6 Month Personal Health & Wellness Package ($1200)
Corporate Health & Wellness Workshop ($500)
6 Month Corporate Health & Wellness Package ($3000)
Business Advisor ($1500)
Job Shadow Me For 1/2 Day ($250)

Backstory:
* Coming Soon


As a side gig I run an event based series with my business bestie called #perspectives. It is a series that helps make sense of the world by repackage, reframing and reintroducing relevant and noteworthy topics; where all topics are chosen and shared from a women’s perspective.

The last event we hosted was called ‘Blockchain from a Women’s Perspective” and boy was it a hit. The Vancouver Star even ended up writing an article about us called, “Women claim their stake in blockchain tech.”
https://www.thestar.com/vancouver/2018/04/13/women-claim-their-stake-in-blockchain-tech.html

The next event we have coming up builds off the success of the last event and is called “How to invest in blockchain-related technologies.”


In my spare time I train and play competitive women 2's beach volleyball and absolutely love it.


Reviews

My Overall Rating:

(18 Reviews)

Written Reviews I've received:

Sean Seraphim Clarke
November 7, 2018 | Brainstorm & Strategy Session
Review:

Every minute in the company of Maxine was a perfect recipe for self-awareness, motivation and structured thinking. The ripple effect of our meeting carries through and I can't wait to book my next allocated slot. A true gem !!


Kaila Holtz, Sport and Exercise Medicine Physiatrist
November 5, 2018 | Full Pick My Brain Profile
Review:

I booked Maxine to help build me a PickMyBrain Profile. I have a tech start-up idea and wanted an online launch pad to get me started outside of the typical social media channels. The PickMyBrain platform is the perfect place for anyone interested in attracting a specific clientele or collaborator.

Maxine has a gift for unlocking an individual's "why". To do this she really focuses on how each of her clients is unique. She was able to help me group my skills and experiences into headings and descriptions that are relevant to like-minded customers and collaborators. With the software she's developed she was able to do this quite quickly. The platform is easy to edit and Maxine is always refining ways to make it even more powerful.

PickMyBrain is more than list of credentials and accomplishments. It's a tool that will help me manifest my ideal workplace, clients, and job description. Thanks again!


Laura Fortey, Blockchain Startup Founder
November 3, 2018 | Coffee & Convo
Review:

Greta first convo!
Stoked to sign up and become a brain!


Jonathan Dixon, Career, Job Search & Personal Finance Strategist for HBCU Students
November 3, 2018 | Coach Me
Review:

As always, great collaborating with you Maxine. Looking forward to following up with you in a few weeks.


Corey Dalton, Executive Performance & Behavioural Assessment Specialist & Coach
November 2, 2018 | Pick My Brain Call
Review:

Maxine is a star. She was prepared and had some valuable insights for me and my business.


Heather Pennell, Conscious Relationship Coach & Facilitator
September 4, 2018 | Brainstorm & Strategy Session
Review:

Maxine is one of those women who can light up a room with her excitement about a project. Her support, energy and insight left me feeling motivated, clear and ready to move forward. She's innovative, informed and action-oriented - just what I needed when I was feeling stuck. Couldn't recommend her more!


Sophie Bujold, Strategic Online Community Builder
August 20, 2018 | Pick My Brain Call
Review:

After my first conversation with Maxine, I had to come back for more! This time, we had a deeper strategy session to chat about my knowledge of online brand communities. As usual, Maxine was full of juicy insights, great questions, and exciting ideas. Her enthusiasm for knowledge and how to share it is apparent as soon as you meet her.

Our conversation helped me simplify my unique selling proposition and made me realize that I need to focus less on the type of platform I use for community building and more on the strategy I put into it when I pitch my services to clients. This is something I've been trying to refine for over a year now and Maxine helped me do it in less than an hour!


Kaila Holtz, Sport and Exercise Medicine Physiatrist
August 10, 2018 | Pick My Brain Call
Review:

Chatting with Maxine was really helpful and came at just the right time. We discussed my interests and skills and ways to potentially monetize them. Maxine took our conversation to a productive level by creating realistic action items and offering practical suggestions to get me started that aligned with my goals.

I appreciate Maxine's listening skills and ability to ask clarifying questions to flush out great ideas. I highly recommend her to any medical or health professional looking to start a business or just get an idea off the ground.


Puru A, Software Quality Assurance Consultant for all things Tech & Startup.
July 29, 2018 | Coffee & Convo
Review:

Wonderful conversation and an Amazing Human Being.
I met Maxine for coffee to brainstorm my business idea and get some understanding of the market and I am glad that I did.

Maxine helped me break down the idea into actionable steps I can (and need to) take that gave me so much insight on where and how to start. Not only this, Maxine encouraged me to be brave and while talking to her I was able to see my idea from a different perspective.

The best part is that Maxine is very friendly and the conversation grew organically. She was very welcoming in knowing you as a person, your ambitions and what are your real goals in life. You do not find this quality in lot of people. Secondly, I am amazed by her experience, knowledge and the zeal to help people.

I highly recommend meeting Maxine to anyone who is looking for an inspiration, need help for their business or just want to build a network of amazing human beings !!

Thank You Maxine for all your time, inspiration and Coffee :) :)


Sophie Bujold, Strategic Online Community Builder
July 10, 2018 | Pick My Brain Call
Review:

Maxine is extremely skilled at spotting the knowledge sharing opportunities you have a hard time seeing on your own and then packaging them up into marketable offers. If you have a chance to spend time picking her brain, take it immediately!


Abdul But
May 9, 2018 | Pick My Brain Call
Review:

Maxine is a Maxine. It was great talking to her as I was holding some steps to be taken after I reach to certain point, during our talk I was convinced to change the strategy and I am working on it now. I thank you and expect great achievements in your future.


John Kogan
May 1, 2018 | Pick My Brain Call
Review:

Maxine is a brilliant idea generator and operator - a rare combination. Articulate and insightful, you would do well to seek her counsel.


David Foy
April 30, 2018 | Pick My Brain Call
Review:

My time with Maxine flew by! She had some awesome insight for my start up. She provided great advice that was deeply helpful from someone that had just learned about my business. It is a great skill to be able to immerse yourself in someone's business so quickly and be able to see solutions.

A great experience that I look forward to having many more times!


Preeti Dhaliwal
January 27, 2018 | Pick My Brain Call
Review:

I met Maxine at a friend’s home a year before pickmybrain was launched. Although I didn’t speak to her again for a year, I remembered her very well and spoke of her often. I described her as "this amazing woman who meets people and sees their gifts right away. She honours their lived experience and translates their accumulated knowledge (lived and learned) into skills that can be shared and offered with others as a form of sustenance.” Maxine is an economist who sees how skills translate into needs/demand in markets while honouring you - your experiences, your knowledge, your creativity and your desire.

About a year later, pickmybrain had launched and I arranged a phone call with Maxine. I wanted to know how I could share my knowledge about social justice and facilitation. I also wanted to explore services I could offer given the knowledge, experience and education I have. Ultimately, I needed support identifying the skills I have to offer and services I could potentially offer so that I could envision ways to support organizations and individuals with issues related to race, equity and diversity.

In the phone call, Maxine highlighted what I know and what excites her about my work so far. She not only asked me about what I know but who I am, what I’ve done and what, in all of this, I love the most. She listened deeply and asked questions that helped me keep probing. Before chatting with Maxine, I wasn’t at a stage where I realized I had so much to offer, or that I could offer my skills and knowledge independent of an institution. I left our conversation confident, hopeful and curious. I suddenly had the courage to apply for a radical entrepreneurship course and begin envisioning how I could work for myself. I was accepted to the course which has been transformational on a number of levels, but it was Maxine’s confidence in me that allowed me to explore myself, my skill set and what I want to share with the world in ways I otherwise wouldn’t have given myself permission to do (or realized I was able to do). The witnessing, reflection and knowledge that Maxine offers is an incredible gift. For me, becoming an entrepreneur isn’t a quick process but a meaningful one that is slowly allowing me to re-envision and re-orient myself to becoming someone who can work for herself in conditions and parameters that suit her needs and desires.


Carole Monnier Clark, Executive Director and Co-Founder of an NGO
November 14, 2017 | Pick My Brain Call
Review:

What an energizing conversation! Maxine bubbles over with enthusiasm and insights. We covered every topic that was requested and more, specifically around leveraging online media to create meaningful change.

Hung up with a million new ideas and looking forward to speaking again!


Sadia Badiei, YouTube Content Creator
November 6, 2017 | Pick My Brain Call
Review:

I'm forever thankful for having gotten to know Maxine. Humble, down to earth, driven and compassionate are just a few of her many wonderful attributes. I've felt completely supported in the process of creating my own profile on the PMB platform, and I've appreciated her on-going feedback and insights on how I can strengthen my profile even further. When speaking with Maxine, I feel like I've got her undivided attention. She comes to each call fully prepared and offers strategies that help me take a fresh perspective on my approach. This has helped not only with my PMB profile, but also with my own business and how I've gone about building it. In short: Maxine is absolutely terrific, and I would absolutely recommend her services to anyone. Thanks for all you do, Maxine!


Kim Hall, Advisor for Health Care Practitioner Business Owners
November 3, 2017 | Pick My Brain Call
Review:

Maxine is kind, compassionate and super creative. Her guidance and questions will help you identify your own personal skill sets and crystallize your compelling message to share with the world!


Anna-Karin Lingham, Creative Brand Strategist
November 3, 2017 | Pick My Brain Call
Review:

I had a very inspiring and valuable call with Maxine. She shows great interest, is a curious listener, asks very relevant questions, picks out the essence in your message and turns it into something even more valuable. She gives great advice with full focus on helping you to move your ideas and questions forward. She shows - in a both strong and humble way - a high ambition in her profession and her goals.

Maxine is very friendly, professional and easy-going to talk to. I highly recommend a call with Maxine!


Services

Pick My Brain Call


  • Over the phone
  • 30 minutes
  • 5 call(s) remaining this month

Let's connect and spend 30-60 minutes talking about you, where you are at, what you do, what are currently most passionate about and how I think, based on my experiences, you could use more of your time, knowledge, experience and expertise to help more people.

* This conversation will challenge you to think about... ...Read more

Coffee & Convo

$50 (CAD)


  • In person
  • Vancouver's Art Gallery Cafe (750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7)
  • 30 minutes
  • 1 booking(s) remaining this month

Prefer to meet in person?

Coffee & Conversations offer the same perks of a "Pick My Brain" call only this time we meet up 1-on-1 in person at one of my favourite Vancouver coffee shops for an engaged, intellectual and focused conversation about how you want to offer your time, knowledge and experience to more... ...Read more

Brainstorm & Strategy Session

$250 (CAD)


  • In person
  • Suite Genius Co-Working Space (225 W 8th Ave #300, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1N3).
  • 60 minutes
  • Accepting calls next month

Interested in booking me for an hour to help you think through and or work on something? Things we can work on during this session include, but are certainly not limited to:

> your offer
> your unique selling point
> packaging & pricing your knowledge based services
> narrowing... ...Read more

Starter Pick My Brain Profile

$500 (CAD)


  • Over the phone
  • Accepting calls next month

Where you just invited to build a Starter Pick My Brain profile? Congratulations. It means we think you've got more to offer this world and we want to help facilitate that.

This package includes:
> 30-60 minute Pick My Brain Interview
> Starter Pick My Brain Profile written by one of our... ...Read more

Full Pick My Brain Profile

$1,500 (CAD)


  • In person
  • Suite Genius (225 West 8th Avenue, #300)
  • 3 booking(s) remaining this month

Where you just invited to build a Full Pick My Brain profile? Congratulations. It means we think you've got more to offer this world and we want to help facilitate that.

This Package includes:
> 30-60 minute Pick My Brain Interview
> Full Pick My Brain Profile written by one of our Professional... ...Read more

One month of Pick My Brain Coaching / Training

$1,000 (CAD)


  • Over the phone
  • 2 booking(s) remaining this month

Serious about your Pick My Brain profiles and designing and creating your own independent revenue streams? Apply to work with me on a month by month basis and I will help you get your profile up and running and out there for the world to see.

Working with me will include a combination of brainstorming sessions,... ...Read more