How to Meet Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg, and Anyone You Want
One of the world’s top superconnectors shares the one thing you need to know.
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What if you could meet anyone you want in the world?
How would that change your life? Who would you want to meet?
These are the questions our guest Gillian Zoe Segal asked herself before she started her journey to connect in-person with 30 of the most successful leaders in their respective industries.
Names include: Warren Buffett, Anderson Cooper, Michael Bloomberg, Sara Blakely, and Frank Gehry.
While the premise of the book is about mentorship, the background of her 5-year journey to meet the most powerful people in the world is what's captivating.
How did she initially contact them?
How did she overcome the rejections?
How did she turn her 10-minute meeting with Warren Buffet into a 60-minute meeting?
These are the questions we answer in this interview, as Gillian unveils the backstage curtains of her networking operation, and shares some of her best-kept strategies and tactics on how to network with the most powerful people in the world.
This interview is for you if you're looking:
• for a powerful mentor or advisor who's 10 to 20 years ahead of you
• for investors, advisors, or partners for your business
• for incredible interview guests for your platform
• to build a network of people who are more successful than you
Enjoy the episode!
Highlights of the Episode
• We start talking about the 2 single biggest beliefs that the greatest minds have to succeed. It comes down to following their curiosity (passion) and focusing on their core circle competency (talent), then combining the two of them.
• A common pattern that Gillian noticed amongst the ultra powerful, is that they looked at 'Death' differently than others. When you know you're not going to be here for long, it allows you to take bigger risks despite the inevitable fear you'll feel.
• Gillian shares that the first obstacle you must overcome is learning how to pass the gatekeepers to connect with the high profile person. Her advice is "don't accept a 'no' from someone who can't make the final decision." In other words, go around the gatekeeper (i.e. publicist, assistant, manager), and try every other possible avenue.
• My favorite tip from Gillian is to 'be as human as possible.' It sounds obvious but since most of our reach outs will be via email, you'll have a far greater chance of success when you attach a personality to your emails.
• What if no one replies to your request? Gillian shares that you should wait at least a week before following up, especially if they're busy. Don't take being ignored as a 'no', and simply follow up politely.
• Then we chatted about the content of the email request itself. Her number one advice is to make it short and concise. There's no need to put flowers around it.
• Gillian was able to extend her original 10-minute meeting with Warren Buffet to a 60-minute meeting. She explains that her main focus was making it intriguing for Warren, and she would constantly skip her questions if he started wandering off.
• "Someone should tell us from the moment we're born, that we're dying."
• "When you're passionate about something, you'll do just about anything to make it happen."
• "Don't take a no from someone who can't give you a yes."
• "Nobody owes you anything."
• "When it comes to networking, take whatever you can get. Just get yourself in the door."
• "If you're not failing, you're not trying hard enough."