QUESTION: What are your thoughts on Free Financial Seminars or Services? (A query sent via my Facebook profile)
ANSWER: I am a knowledge seeker, and I enjoy learning new things especially on a topic that I am interested in, however you can’t just blindly join every free seminars out there either, I urge you to research and conduct due diligence before deciding to join one – I will expound further below.
As someone in Financial Services and Real Estate, I have lost some sales after I provided information for an inquiry to someone I know, only for that person to go to another salesperson – in a way I realized I went the extra mile too much and was taken advantage. I have been asked to give free financial advice as well but it is truly difficult to provide the right advice without knowing a person’s complete financial picture.
Don't get the wrong idea. There are some people that I truly don't mind helping. I would never refuse to help my mom or a family member or even a close friend if it is something within my capability; I even volunteer my time for relevant social issues close to my heart – but there is a limit of course.
Now what does this have to do with the question?
You see a service or a seminar isn't really free, it cost money – transportation, supplies, venue, food, speakers..etc.. People need to understand that providing any kind of service requires some degree of skill, effort and time.