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Rules To Making Friends With Influential People

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Ilori Titilayo

Rule 1

Don’t ask for anything.

Understand that the benefit of forming a relationship with a famous person is not that they’re going to be your big break or that they’re going to use their influence to help you.

Hoping for this is both extremely rude and totally ineffective. Think about it, this person barely has time to read your email you’re going to use that small silver of time to trying to get something from them.

Rule2 Give something

In a world where everyone is trying to take from others, the best way to stand out is to be a giver. It shows sensitivity to the receiver’s situation and allows them to drop their guard.

This dropping of the guard must be recognized and appreciated though, so you can’t just give something and then ask for something in return.

Rules 3: Have Visible Body Work

Having a visible body of work is a good way to allow people to find out what you’re about at their own pace.

Instead of writing an email with everything you think the recipient might be interested in, he can just click the link in your email, skim for a title of a post that interests him and reads it on his own time.

This also makes introductions a lot easier for the introducer.

Rule 4: Introductions are gold

Besides looking for opportunities to receive introductions, you should also try to give them when its appropriate.

If you know two famous people who don’t know each other, its a great idea to introduce them if you think they’ll have common interest.

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