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Video: “How do I talk to a successful person?”

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NO! This is not another worthless tip that ends with “Just get out there and network!”

If you ever hear me say that, please kill me.

One of my readers asked me what to do if they take someone out to coffee. What should they say so they don’t come across as sleazy or just looking for a job?

So I scripted it out for him with specific questions you can ask. Check out the new video:

What’s the BEST and WORST way you’ve approached talking to a successful person? Leave your story in the comments below.

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John Garvens
4 years 3 days ago
Last night, I met Herb Dean–a top referee for the UFC–when he visited my MMA academy to promote his upcoming grappling tournament in Chicago. This video applies PERFECTLY to my situation. At first, I wanted to show him around my gym, introduce him to my members and generally talk about myself and the programs we teach. It wasn’t until I started talking to Herb Dean ABOUT Herb Dean that our conversation really took off. Specifically, we talked about his grappling tournament (that he cares about deeply), his experiences as a referee in the UFC, his personal grappling training, etc. Once,… Read more »
Malcolm
4 years 17 hours ago

Wow that is wonderful John, i am a huge fan of MMA sport. In fact i am actually enrolling for a basic MMA lessons for my workout program. Meeting Herb Dean is one of my dream as a Mix Martial Art practitioner.

IronFly
4 years 3 days ago
I was always looking forward to the day I could say: Hey Ramit! Your advice worked! …and today is that day. I set up a couple of information interviews recently to learn more about the film making industry (a notoriously hard one to break into as a newb). I learnt more through my meetings with those people than through months and months of reading books and surfing web articles. Their advice and their experiences were absolutely *invaluable*. Also, they were just fun to talk to. I think it’s important to know your motivation for speaking to someone successful, and as… Read more »
Jrsygrl
Jrsygrl
4 years 3 days ago

THANK YOU RAMIT!!!!
Perfect timing for this video!!! I for sure appreciate it as a new grad and I am sure many others do as well!!!

Chris Johnson
4 years 3 days ago
First -realize that as long as you don’t screw the pooch too too much, you’re gonna get another chance. I had some bad intros to people that I’m doing business with. (Ryan Holiday, Brad Feld, Brian Clark). The ability to recover later makes it easy. Second: It’s all data. Just data. So someone hates my pitch. Fix your pitch, bitch, and find your niche. It’s not a big deal. It’s data. In lieu of being dependent, be curious. I’ve gotten farther with “Hmmm…would *insert big dude here* like this than I have with “OMG if he ONLY LOVED ME I’d… Read more »
Varaneka
4 years 3 days ago

your scripts were my best but they work on everyone but you lol

the worst…hmm

the worst probably would be trying to appeal to their mercy or gratitude instead of their own self-interests

Alex Michna
Alex Michna
4 years 3 days ago

Dear Ramit Sethi,

I really appreciate your advice and I would like to ask you a question.
My parents took a 30 year loan to buy a house and will soon be renegoitiating
the intrest rate after a 10year fixed rate period.
How do you create leverage in the negotiantion other than maybe refinancing?

Thank you,
Alex from Germany

Jessica
Jessica
4 years 3 days ago
I’ve had a lot of successful networking meetings thanks to what I learned in the Dream Job course. I’ve found that the conversation flows naturally for maybe 30-40 minutes and I get a lot of valuable information, and then there will suddenly be a long pause once the person’s said everything they can think of and I don’t have any more questions to ask. At that point I usually say, “Well, thanks so much for your time, and I really appreciate your insights. Is there anything else you think I should know about working in this field? (or Is there… Read more »
Nick
4 years 3 days ago
30-40 minutes is quite a long time, so during the conversation you should tell them that you have some information/website/whatever that would benefit them. As the conversation draws to a close, you can wrap it up by saying that you’ll definitely get in touch with them again to share the information you’d mentioned earlier in the conversation. This ensures that you have their contact details, and a few days later you can get in touch with them again with something interesting/useful for them. “Hey VIP, it was great to talk to you at XYZ. Here is the useful information I’d… Read more »
Connie Solidad
4 years 3 days ago

I always have a difficult time approaching successful people unless I plan out how I approach them and what I will say.

Sue
Sue
4 years 3 days ago
Best – I am looking for a job in legal marketing. I saw an opening at a law firm, and found someone who worked at that firm on LinkedIn. I was especially interested in this job because it was doing marketing for the labor and employment practice, which I have experience with. She seemed nice over e-mail, so I asked her to coffee. She was super helpful, but it also helped that I am knowledgeable about this field, so we were able to have a more specific conversation. I had recently gone to a Legal Marketing Association presentation, so I… Read more »
Anonymous for this
Anonymous for this
4 years 3 days ago
I have met a number of extremely successful people in the IT, business, and modeling worlds through social and business situations. This was years ago, so I wasn’t actually networking, but in my experience: 1) In IT, it was all about an exchange of technical knowledge. If I knew enough, I was accepted and we would discuss technical stuff for hours. Social interaction or interest in the actual person was moot. Disagreements or differences of opinion and heated debates were acceptable and encouraged. These folks were possibly somewhat arrogant, but my real feeling was they were somewhat autistic (sort of… Read more »
Joe
Joe
4 years 1 day ago
These approaches were both spontaneous: I went to a conference or party and just saw both of them there. Didn’t plan for it but was still prepared (at least in the 1st case). BEST Blogger, tv personality I had read about online. He was a huge inspiration for me. I saw him in line at registration for conference I was at. So I went up to him, told him I was a big fan and how what he wrote inspired me. I was really specific. He asked a few questions about me, I told him my situation (i had rehearsed… Read more »
Bri
Bri
4 years 1 day ago
Ramit, All within a couple weeks of finding your website, you have taken me so incredibly far. First you made me see how much and in what specific ways I needed to practice interviewing. Then you made it clear to me that I needed to stop passively applying to job postings. I narrowed my broad interests enough to pin point my dream job, made a resume that reflected that, and started talking to people in my life about my job search. Using your script, I landed an informational interview with someone who works not only for the best possible company… Read more »
Michael
4 years 1 day ago

When I take someone out for coffee or lunch I usually pay for it because I’m picking someone else’s brains so their time and advice could potentially be worth more than the ~$20 lunch or ~$5 coffee.

Joe Cassandra
4 years 22 hours ago
Hi Ramit, Great stuff, I love these short Ask Ramit videos. Is this something you do during an actual interview? I recently had a lunch interview for a job for a financial analyst position that I was stoked about, and they were asking about my background, skills, hobbies, my website everything and I was just talking about each of those, but I didn’t ask him really about those things in his life. As it turns out, it sounded like they were really interested, then I get the dreaded call saying they wanted to pursue another candidate without any reason to… Read more »
mortgagebrokers
3 years 11 months ago

I actually just learned from your previous post (spend less and save more) since especially nowadays…people save less and spend more..and now you’re coaching how to talk to successful person..and I learned even more because in my job I met a lot of people.

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