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Accept Pay If Others Do

(Q 4) I'M A RETIRED CPA AND at last I have time to spend on my hobby: giving lectures about Broadway musicals at senior centers, college learning programs for seniors, and other venues. I don't take any stipends because I do this for enjoyment and want to "give back" to my community. Others who present programs at these places expect some payment and tell me I'm spoiling things for them. How do I fix this?

(A.) EVERYONE GAINS MORE RESPECT IF THEY CHARGE a fee for value. People who sell their pets' puppies should charge at least $1 so the buyers will respect them and treat them well. If you feel so charitable, but want to avoid conflicts with colleagues, accept any payment offered and donate it back to that organization, or any other you support. ###  

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