Entrepreneurs Reveal The Secrets Behind Successful Networking

This article was taken from www.robswebtips.com : It’s been asked and asked… but never truly answered. “What’s the secret behind networking with A-listers?” this is a popular question amongst bloggers and entrepreneurs. Do you really have to be successful in order to network with the big players or can any average Joe just do it?

You asked they answered – Here’s this weeks question for the entrepreneurs – What advice would you give someone to make themselves stand out when networking with A-Lister’s?

Marc Gingras – Tungle.me

I would waste too much time on that.  Let your service/product standout (build a solid product) and networking will be easy – assuming you ware a T-Shirt with your brand ;)

Follow Marc on Twitter: @mgingras

David Klein – Facebook Advertising

Being polite.

European/American culture has worked out the rules of being polite hundreds of years ago.

You will see consistently amongst the most elite and successful people, that they still are
successful to the degree they follow the original rules.

We all like someone who is a good listener, not a bragger, and is considerate.

If someone approaches me at a party drunk out of their gord, telling me how successful they are,
I won’t even pay attention.

I will give an example of old school, traditional courteous behavior.
Today I needed help with research on what is hot in the self defense and fitness industry on
a project I am working on. I called up Greg Wood, based on Shoemoney’s recommendation
that Greg is a real expert in info products. Greg suggested that I speak to David Gonzales,
as he would probably know the right person to introduce me to. David then went through
his database to help me find the right expert to help me. During all of this, none of us
bragged about how great we were, or how much money we made recently, instead it was
polite straight forward communication with both of them trying to help, and asking for nothing back.

My wife is a master at politeness, I have had to really study it as an adult, coming from very
working class beginnings. She has taught me little things like offering to get someone a drink,
shaking hands upon meeting, and paying attention to everyone in the group.

Neil Patel, who I have seen also comment on your site, once pointed out to me that he normally
will never bring up money or business with people when first meeting people, instead he focuses
on personal things, and eventually the conversation will naturally lead to business and money things,
maybe that day, or maybe later on.

I am not an expert on Asian or African cultures, but I can guarantee that if I was part of one of those,
or doing business there, the first thing I would do is learn the rules of that culture.

Lewis Howes – Lewishowes.com

When networking with A-Listers try to connect with them later in the evenings in a casual setting and talk about something other than business.  That’s the time your most likely to build a better relationship instead of annoy an A-Lister

Follow Lewis on Twitter: @Lewishowes

James Chartrand – Menswithpens.ca

I think it doesn’t matter who you’re networking with – A-lister, B-lister, Z-lister… you should always stand out by being friendly and genuinely down-to-earth. Remember that while you may be talking to someone with crazy success, you’re still talking to a real person, just like you. It makes you equals, and there’s no need to get giddy and giggly or try to dazzle them with hotshot claims.

Just be real. Be polite and respectful to people at levels of success above yours, because they’ve earned it, certainly, but don’t try to impress them – you won’t. It’s easy to see through that kind of facade. Just be yourself, be present, be confident and be real. That stands out every time.

Follow James on Twitter: @menwithpens

Marko Saric – Howtomakemyblog.com

Have a great story. It is all about branding. If you can pitch a great idea, if you can show a great product, or if you have some great achievements – these factors will make you stand out from all the other networkers. So basically don’t think too much about the networking part itself, but go out there and do something great (or remarkable as Seth Godin would say) everyday of the year and your reputation, your brand, your story will definitely open the doors and get you opportunities when you are networking.

Follow Marko on Twitter: @Markosaric

Shawn Collins – Affiliatetip.com

Just strike up conversations with them on Twitter, blog comments, or anywhere else they have a presence. After you have a rapport, try getting to know them in person by attending a speaking engagement of theirs or an event they publicly state they will be attending. Just approach and make conversation like you would with anybody. I’ve found that most any “A-Listers” are happy to chat about the topics they regularly discuss.

Follow Shawn on Twitter: @affiliatetip

Maren Kate – Escapingthe9to5.com

Don’t act like anyone is better than you, remember everyone is more or less the same. Acting normal around people whether they’re homeless or Bill Gates will make people take notice of you. Because you won’t be a suck up and you won’t dote on people with egos, instead you’ll just be interested in connecting with only people you like… this will make them like you back.

Follow Maren on Twitter: @marenkate

Neil Patel – Quicksprout.com

Don’t just network with the big names. Network with the little guy because if you get to know enough of them, the big guys will have no choice but to network with you.

Follow Neil on Twitter: @Neilpatel

Jason Falls – Socialmediaexplorer.com

If you don’t have good ideas, you won’t stand out. Doesn’t matter how much ass you kiss, how many drinks you buy or how persistent you are. Hollow brain waves always fail. If you have good ideas and get them in front of the influencers/A-Listers, then you’re golden. Make sure you’re smart first.

Follow Jason on Twitter: @Jasonfalls

Brian Gardner – Studiopress.com

Networking with A-Lister’s is really a delicate thing to work with – on one hand, you want them to remember you. But it’s vital that you don’t come off as overbearing – which can potentially be a turnoff with those who you are trying to network with. More than anything, be real. Your true colors shine through when you are yourself – most folks can sense a phony or someone with an agenda, so it’s always best to just be who you are.

Follow Brian on Twitter: @Bgardner

Corbett Barr – Thinktraffic.net

Treat the A-Lister like a normal person. The important thing to get across is your real personality. You’ll naturally connect with some A-listers, but the only way to do that is to be a real person instead of a walking sales pitch or fawning fan.

Follow Corbett on Twitter: @Corbettbarr

Ian FernandoIanFernando.com

Friend them and support them. A lot of people do this wrong. When I personally get friended they throw themselves to me. Willing to do work, they put them at a disposal when we really do not want that. At time it maybe good, but i the end it doesn’t really benefit both parties.

We already either have our own team or set of outsourcers to do the work that is needed. I know personally, people want to offer themselves for a chance to learn something. But the pain of offering is teaching repeated info we already taught our own team or outsourcers to do.

The best way is to keep conversation and offer advice, but not be a troll about. Ask questions but don’t bombarded, be grateful for what is given. Create that relationship once there is a level of trust and proper engagement is when you can successfully start networking more in depth.

Follow Ian on Twitter: @ianternet

Yaro Starak – Entrepreneurs-journey.com

There are two ingredients if you want to stand out when networking with high profile people.

1. Listen to what they have to say first and if you see an opportunity to help them without asking for anything in return, do it.

2. When it is your time to talk, share something unique from your own situation so you demonstrate your value. That might be success with a project you launched previously, maybe something you are working on presently, or a story from someone you connected with who has a good story who the person you are talking to might want to connect with.

At the end of the day you have to focus on what is in it for them – the person you want to get the attention of. The best way to do that is to help them and demonstrate value so they are compelled to stay in touch with you.

Follow Yaro on Twitter: @yarostarak

Clay Collins – Project-Mojave.com

An excellent way to get noticed by A-listers is to write them an AMAZING blog post that gets them lots of comments and twitter love.  Better yet, if you can get a guest post placed at another huge publication or blog, be sure to mention and link to the A-lister, then start chatting with them on twitter.  Finally, the hands-down very best way to get an A-lister’s attention is to implement their advice to gain massive success, and then provide them with a written case study of how you used their stuff to hit a home run.

Like with most things in life, it’s better to begin with the giving hand.

Follow Clay on Twitter: @claycollins

Michael Dunlop – Incomediary.com

Start by being yourself, don’t start a conversion with them by saying you want something out of them, they get enough people doing that and really all they can think about is getting away from you. Try being their friend and then follow up by doing something for them and they will be more likely to return the favour.

Follow Michael on Twitter: @Michaeldunlop

Jason Schuller – Press75.com

The best piece of advice I have when networking with anyone (not just “a-lister’s) is to simply be yourself. When you try to be someone else to make a good impression, that is rarely what actually happens in the end. Your individual personality is something that nobody else has, and you should use that fact to your advantage when networking. The second thing to remember is not to be so agressive. Some of the best relationships I have with “a-lister’s” in my industry came to be in an organic way.

Follow Jason on Twitter: @Jschuller

Nathan Hangen – Nathanhangen.com

Well, I honestly think that networking blindly with A-Listers is useless. I also hesitate to even use the term.

I believe you should network with people based on interests and attitude more than list status. That being said, if you’re looking to just get your name out there, I prefer the handshake method.
“Hi, my name is Nathan, and I talked to you about ‘this’. I just wanted to say hello and say thanks for your work.”
It’s important to look someone in the eyes and create that anchor, and if you can give them specific info on why they might know you, then you’ll get an “aha!” instead of a blank stare. If they don’t know you from anything, give them a reason to.

Don’t treat them like a celebrity, don’t talk too much, and don’t waste their time. Quick, concise, and appreciative works far better than blatant whoring.

Follow Nathan on Twitter: @Nhangen

David Risley – Davidrisley.com

My big advice would be to not set them apart into this royal group of “A-Listers”. Sure, they’ve reached a point of success, but that doesn’t make them any more than just a regular person. So, just approach them like they are a regular person, on equal footing (because in the real world, that’s all they are). It just helps with the mindset, because if you prop them up in your head, you might get nervous about it. I’ve had people get nervous about approaching me and I find it rather odd. From there, just create great content that is worth notice. Do something unique. And, then network like crazy. Twitter is the ultimate equal opportunity playing field, so it is easier than ever to create some type of relationship with anybody you want. From there, take if off Twitter and turn it into something.

Follow David on Twitter: @Davidrisley

Mark McGuinness – Lateralaction.com

There’s a danger in putting certain people on pedestals as ‘A listers’ and trying too hard to stand out. If you’re not careful, you can end up getting nervous and coming across as either pushy or shy.

So if you meet a so-called ‘A lister’ in person, be respectful of their achievements, but don’t forget they are a human being. They are probably tired of  pitches, requests for favours and gushing praise. You’ll probably be a refreshing change if you don’t gush or push.

Look them in the eye and listen attentively. Be prepared to enthuse about your work and ambitions. By all means ask them for advice and let them know the kind of opportunities you’re looking for.  But don’t put them on the spot by asking for something directly – unless they ask you how they can help, in which case have a good answer ready!

Take professional-looking business cards, and make sure the website on it will impress them if they look it up.

Follow Mark on Twitter: @markmcguinness



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