Mr. Gitomer, a sales consultant, speaker and author, is always happy to help: “Sure, no problem. I’ll even buy lunch,” he tells the entrepreneurs and small-business owners who call. “But I have a $1,000-an-hour brain-picking fee.”
About half of the people who ask him to lunch agree to his financial arrangement, says Mr. Gitomer, who lives in Charlotte, N.C. “I think you command respect. And I am worth it.”"