Successful people are role models;
However, it hasn’t always been that easy to connect and build a strong relationship with them.
Nowadays we have so much technology on hand, such as apps like Facebook and Shapr, that help us connect with influential people a lot more easily.
Back when I first started out in business, I made the decision to reach out and build strong connections with influential people. At first, I wasn’t quite sure of how to go about it.
I didn’t exactly have much to bring to the table at the time. But I had a new business, and was seeking inspiration, guidance and advice.
I knew a lot of people who would have been able to give this to me, but expecting them to give up their time to every aspiring entrepreneur that asked is a little ridiculous.
Occasionally, people will answer a quick question, or give your stuff a share if you ask them nicely, but as the saying truly goes:
“In life, nothing and nobody will help you until you start helping yourself.”
So… how do you make connections with influential and successful people, who can help you elevate your life to the next level.
How to Connect With Influential People
Within this article, I’m going to be explaining how you can begin to connect with successful people, even if you don’t yet believe you’ve achieved that status.
This means showing you where to find like-minded people that you have a lot in common with. How to reach out to them, and how to build a strong relationship, which is beneficial for both parties.
Before you read any further though, make sure you read this article I wrote a while ago, which highlights all the reasons to be reaching out to people.
Step 1. Have Something to Offer
The first step to building any kind of connection with someone is by having something to offer. That’s the only reason why people naturally become friends with each other.
It doesn’t always have to be about influence. A lot of people think that because they don’t yet have a successful business, money or powerful connections, they can’t connect with those that do.
This isn’t true…
Value comes in many different forms.
Your personality, your knowledge, your loyalty, are all forms of value. When people choose others to be around, they psychologically bond with someone based on certain attributes. Maybe you’re funny, trustworthy, positive and supportive, read a lot of books… who knows.
The point being that if you are to connect with influential people, you first need to find some sort of common ground. Once you’re able to do that, you’ll know how to give value to people, and, get it back in return.
Step 2. Use Facebook & Other Apps to Find People
Once you’ve figured out how you can offer value, it’s time to find others who are interested in that value, and might just be able to send some your way in return.
Depending on where you grow up, there might not be people within your area who share similar interests and ambitions as you. This is one of the biggest things I learnt growing up in the rural countryside.
20 years ago or so; if this was the case, then you’d have to move to find people you click with. You could have always written to them… but we’re a little more fortunate these days.
Now, we can harness the power of social media.
Here’s a few places to get started:
Facebook used to just be a place where I could keep in touch with my friends. A couple of years ago, I expanded to connecting with like-minded people on the platform.
Nowadays, all I have to do is login and I’m faced with amazing videos and insights by other professionals. I also started to notice the different circles people ran in, and I did my best to comment and join in on the conversation.
It’s so easy to make connections on Facebook.
2. Shapr & Similar Apps
Think of Shapr as the tinder for business professionals. Exactly the same concept, but instead of swiping for a date, your swiping to meet another awesome individual who has similar business interests as yourself.
This is an excellent way to connect with influential people, and is definitely worth testing within your area!
You can learn more about Shapr here…
3. Speaking Events & Seminars
Needless to say, a speaking event that interests you, is also going to interested anybody with the same interests as you. That means they’ll be a bunch of people all in the same room, sharing similar goals and ambitions.
And many of those people will already be incredibly successful at what they do!
Therefore it makes sense to start going to these events and meeting some of the other awesome individuals attending, right?
Most definitely! You may just create some life-long friends whilst you’re there.
Step 3. Reach out to them!
- Figured out the value you can offer to the world, and to the people you want to connect with.
- Discovered the major places where you can find these people.
Now, all that’s left is to reach out to them and start building a strong and genuine relationship.
Before I continue, I’m sure I don’t have to explain the obvious fact that reaching out to these people and immediately asking them to do something for you, is out of the question. That won’t get you anywhere.
Being genuine is always the way to go. Check out this example:
Hey [First Name],
Hows it going?
Thanks for connecting with me. I saw we had several mutual friends and thought I’d reach out!
I love everything you’re doing right now with [Business Name], and would love to learn more about your mission and how we could potentially help one another.
Are you free for a coffee sometime?
All the best,
That wasn’t so hard, was it?
As long as you’re genuine, and you show interest in expressing how you can help the other person on his journey, you’ll receive a positive response!
Hopefully this article has helped you to connect with other influential and successful people. The steps are very simple, and can be done by anyone. As I said before, you don’t have to already be successful in order to connect with people who are.
Here’s a quick recap on the only 3 steps you need to make powerful connections with like-minded individuals:
- Figure out what value you have to offer
- Look for like-minded individuals where value can be exchanged
- Reach out and build a genuine relationship
Lastly, here’s a quick recap on the sources we mentioned within the article:
- Facebook.com – The best social media website to connect to people
- Shapr – An incredible app that lets you swipe and match with other business professionals in your area.