Have you ever thought of meeting that one person that inspires you? maybe your favourite artiste, football star, actor, an entrepreneur like Aliko Dangote, and any other person you hold in a high esteem.
So like I was saying, I saw an email update my mentor shared (Ramit Seithi) about a dude who hated him for no reason, (well, we all know frustrated people hate successful people. Lol) but what was his response? "Ramith Seithi said he loves waking up to seeing people who hate him". isnt that brilliant?
Well, the hate email was never what captured my attention as that dude had blown away an opportunity top meet one of the greatest minds on the internet, but an email a young girl sent to Seithi moments after he got the hate mail.
Let me remind you that successful and busy people love hearing from their fans or followers no matter how busy they are. yes, that's one secret i have just revealed to you.
According to Ramit Seithi, it took him just 30 seconds to respond to this young girl's email.. you want to know why?
Take a look at the email as share by Ramit Seithi below:
"SUBJECT: UCSD soph will be in NYC next week - coffee?
My name is Michelle and I'm a sophomore at UCSD, where I'm studying technology and psychology. I'll be in New York next week and was wondering -- can I take you to coffee?
[MUTUAL CONTACT #1] and [MUTUAL CONTACT #2] actually suggested I get in touch. I've been working on a persuasive technology project that might be interesting for your work at IWT.
How does next Thursday, 4/20 or Friday, 4/21 work? I'm free all day, especially the afternoon, and I can meet whenever is convenient for you.
My cell: XXX-XXX-XXXX"
Do you know why the girl succeeded in capturing Seithi's attention considering how busy a person he is? here is it:
Take for instance if you contacted Dangote and invite him for a coffee, he definitely would turn it down because he has loads of coffee invites from even millionaire business men. The truth is I won't blame him, because successful people are always busy. But here is what this girl did right, (1) she named friend she shared with Seithi whom he trusted (mutual contact) and secondly she was very clear why she wanted the meeting.
Her email was "casual-formal", you know why? She was very formal but yet added some crisp.
According to Ramit Seithi, If you want to build real contacts with people who can help or connect you like Nigerians would say, pay attention to 5 things Michelle did:
Now, Note these were Seithi's exact words!
>>She referenced two people who I knew, liked, and trusted. If they’re suggesting I get coffee with someone, I’m probably going to like them.
>>Her subject line (“UCSD soph will be in NYC next week - coffee?”) was phrased as an active question.
>>She came out swinging with something we have in common (an interest in technology and psychology).
>> She hints at “a persuasive technology project that might be interesting for your work at IWT.” Intriguing, but not hitting me over the head with an aggressive sales pitch. I want to know more!
>>Her ask was specific, but flexible. (“How does next Thursday, 4/20 or Friday, 4/21 work? I'm free all day, especially the afternoon, and I can meet whenever is convenient for you.”) I can tap out a short “yes” to one of those dates or toss out a date of my own choosing.
YOU WANNA KNOW WHO Ramit Singh Sethi is? his a personal finance advisor and entrepreneur. He is the founder of the finance blog “I Will Teach You To Be Rich”.