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Who Do You Listen To? Create Your Own Dream Team: Step #1

 

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Who Do You Listen To? Create Your Own Dream Team: Step #1

Picture this: You have a great idea for a business or just started a business, where do you go to for advice? Who do you listen to? Who do you seek out? Who do you avoid? Answering those important questions can often lead to success or very expensive failure in business.

I recently  had a chance to sit down with serial entrepreneur and speaking legend (during a recent taping of The Rise To The Top) who is currently the president of The National Speakers Association. Sam and I hung out about and hour as I kicked every question in the book at him to pick his brain about entrepreneurship. Without spilling too much of the beans, I was captivated by Sam’s response to one of my questions when he talked about seeking experts out in your field as opposed to your parents.

Interesting. Especially for young entrepreneurs, the tendency on seeking advice is to go to the ones you know and more often than not, that would be your parents. That is all well in good, but unless your parents are savvy entrepreneurs or sleek business folk, you may want to include others when looking for advice in a specific industry.

I run many things by my parents and they are unbelievable for support. My dad is 100% supportive no matter what I do and has lots of business experience. My mom is uber-creative and great with ideas and copy-writing. But, to really get great business advice (with no sugar-coating) I had to network my way into finding mentors who have already walked the walk. I beat down doors, made phone calls, and did anything possible to form an advisory board of those who could save me from making expensive, business-killing mistakes.

Once I had meetings setup and a sliver of attention, I asked if you think my idea sucks, let me know; however, if you think it has promise, please point me in the right direction. The nudges I received landed unbelievable contacts, sponsors, advice, and ABC television. All by just listening to the right people…and most importantly trusting instincts.

Over the next few posts, I’m going to outline the steps I’ve learned to create YOUR own dream mentorship team.

Step #1
: Ask For Help

Tell everyone you know you are starting/started a business. Send emails, make phone calls, and of course in person. But don’t just tell these trusted folks that you just started a business and are looking for a high-five. Instead, mention the fields you need help with and ask for contacts.

Example:   Jamie: “Hi Mike, I just started a business last week of renting out rodeo clowns.”

Mike:
“Wow that sounds exciting!”

Jamie:
“Thank you. I’m very excited and it is going to be quite the adventure. If you wouldn’t mind, I’d like to ask you for one bit of a help. As you probably have guessed, started a business is a massive venture. I’m looking for help in the field of public relations (or rodeo clown makeup, or legal help, or sales help). I was hoping you would perhaps know of someone I could talk to you about it.”

Mike:
“Hmmmmmmm….great question. I think my brother’s friend’s dog’s mother’s sister’s friend is in PR.”

Jamie:
“Great! Would you mind sending over her email/phone number so I can pick her brain for a couple of minutes?”

Mike: “Sure, no problem. Just remember us when you rise to the top!”

Boom. Your six degrees of separation were just reduced to two. You would be surprised who knows who. Tap into your network!

In the next post: How to land a meeting with anyone you want (seriously).

Live Passionately! – David Siteman Garland – The Creative Opportunities Specialist and Entrepreneurial Chameleon – https://yangwang.info

 

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