I’ve been fortunate to meet many well-known people through the years.
The list includes Mike Love (Beach Boys), George Herbert Walker Bush (photo of us on my Facebook page), and pop star Rick Springfield (pictured at left, circa 1981 or so).
It’s also been fun meeting speaker, Tony Robbins (pictured at bottom), best-selling authors Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Dr. Stephen Covey (author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People), many more and counting.
But luck isn’t the only determining factor when it come to meeting people of influence.
Someone once asked thief Willie Sutton why he robbed banks. Sutton answered, “Because that’s where the money is!”
My best tip for meeting famous people
It’s true that many celebs fly via private jets, but the premium cabin is where I met Michael Steele (pictured at left), former Chairman of the Republican National Committee on a flight from Detroit to Baltimore.
All conventions and national trade shows have keynote speakers and they have to get to the gigs somehow, right?
It’s easier to meet a big shot if you first meet another big shot.
The Executive Director of an international telecom association introduced me to Tony Robbins. I was actually in the limo that picked Mr. Robbins up at the Nashville airport and took him to the Opryland Hotel.
Famous people are just like other people in that they don’t mind spending a few minutes with you, if you are polite and to the point. As always, it’s good to be complimentary, but don’t fawn.
One final tip: When you meet a famous person, try not to say the same thing everyone says. The phrase, “I’ve seen all your movies,” is not likely to get you extra time with a celebrity.
What famous people have you met? How did it happen?
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