Am I required to accept invitations to consult?

No. You may decline any invitation at any time for any reason, no questions asked. In fact, you should decline invitations when you don’t have first-hand knowledge of the subject matter and/or when you perceive that you may have a conflict of interest (for example, if you are bound by a confidentiality agreement that prevents you from discussing a particular topic with others). It is much better to decline an invitation than to misrepresent yourself and waste a customer’s time – or even worse, put yourself in a conflicted position!