Why are we reluctant in reaching out to people who are successful? For some people, it’s because they think they are going to say “no” to their request. Others, like myself at one point, are concern that because the successful person does not know them they should not reach out.
To reach out is your best bet on making the connection. However, what you do before reaching out can decide how well the meeting turns out.
I will let you know this upfront; some will say ‘no’, but that doesn’t mean you should not take the initiative to reach out. In fact, you may have to reach out several times before you get through to the person you are trying to reach. Keep trying because, making several attempts may serve you greatly. Why? Successful people like people who are persistent. Persistence is admirable!
Be reminded, “Success leaves clues”.
Before you reach out you should do your research about the person you are trying to have a connection with. Why that is important? Successful people don’t want you to waste their time. Also, they prefer to answer or give advice in the areas that they are expert in. Remember, they don’t know you to have a casual conversation, so it is best to do your research before you decide to meet. You should prepare yourself if you want to be taken seriously.
Successful people love to share what they know.
For that reason, you should be prepared to ask questions. In fact, you should be asking specific questions. I have blundered with this before where I blew a chance that I had to speak with someone successful and because of lack of preparation I didn’t take full advantage of the opportunity. You may have heard, “If you learned from the experience, it wasn’t wasted” and I did. For you not to make the same mistake as I did, jot down a few questions to ask before you decide to meet or speak with the successful person you are reaching out to.
If you have done your research before reaching out this next part will be easier to carry out. You want to know exactly what you want to say. However, even with the preparation at times you might not get the connection you have hoped for and that’s on both sides. But if you ask the right questions you’ll get some good advice because you asked the relevant questions. That being said, don’t be afraid to ask or seek advice from those who are successful. Remember, you need to know exactly what you want to say.
Furthermore, their success didn’t just happen; they have done the work necessary to reach the level of success that you admire.
To remind you: Your success awaits you!
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