This is one of my favorrrrrittte days of the training. Because frankly, this is where the magic happens.
The reality is that it doesn't matter how much you put yourself in front of someone, if you can't make yourself memorable in the process, it's going to be hard to forge a connection. In today's training I want to empower you to get creative.
Human beings are programmed to be curious, to evolve, and to seek out new and novel situations. In this regard, why not BE what your mentor is seeking?
Instead of doting on them like any other fan would, dote differently.
Instead of sending an email asking for someone to come on your podcast, ask differently.
Here are some examples to get your creative juices flowing:
#1: Write them a song
When my friend, and fellow podcast host, Christina Canters wanted to invite Pat Flynn (from SmartPassiveIncome.com) on her podcast, she knew she needed to stand out. Pat gets tons of inquiries, so to set herself apart, her offer needed to be compelling, and even entertaining.
The solution? She wrote and performed a personalized rap song (something she knew he'd like because Pat loves to rap). Check out the full story here.
#2: PARODY THEIR STYLE
In 2016, when I first met JP Sears at a Tony Robbins event, I didn't immediately invite him to come on my show. In fact, I didn't even ask to take a picture with him, because I was looking to position myself as a peer, rather than a fan.
A few weeks after the event, I decided that to [entertain myself] and to hopefully entertain JP, I would make a JP-Sears-Inspired video, teaching people how to integrate back into reality after attending a Tony Robbins event.
It seemed like a video that JP would make (and he later did, here) and I thought it had a decent chance of getting me on his radar. Mission Accomplished! One year after our first intro, he's now been on the show twice, and I credit a lot of our interactions to the video above.
#3: Give them something hand-made
When I found out that Chris Guillebeau (NYT Bestselling Author and host of the World Domination Summit) would be coming to Austin for his upcoming book tour, I knew that I had to figure out a unique way to convey my appreciation for his work. Shaking hands and word vomiting my gratitude in under 2 minutes wasn't what I was looking for. Since I'm a crafty person, I opted for a good 'ol hand-made painting.
Now, for you this may be a bit over the top, but I'll tell you it was this painting that got Chris to take down my information. And it was this painting that got me invited to host a session at the 2016 World Domination Summit.
If someone has truly changed your life, be brave enough to tell them. Be brave enough to stand out and thank them in a way that only you know how. While you may be scared of looking silly, you actually have a much greater chance of leaving a lasting impression, and touching their heart. And isn't that the point?
Here are some other ideas for creative ways to stand out:
- Post pictures of you using their product in a humorous or unique way
- Show up at things uninvited
- Offer to put on an event to promote their product, book, or service
- Just be yourself.
The last one may seem obvious, but it is often forgotten as people try to be who they think they should be. You have innate talents and skills that set you apart from the crowd. Use those to get noticed.
You've made it to Day 5 of this training, which is evidence that you're serious about connecting with the people who inspire you. They are mentors to you because your life is better having been exposed to their work.
If that's true, then realize that it was likely one of their goals! They want to inspire, to lead, to educate. Don't be afraid to reach out and communicate that they've done just that. Don't be afraid to get creative in your pursuits.
At the end of the day, we're all just humans doing the best that we can; you'd be surprised how willing people are to help others learn how to do their best too.
If you liked this training, shoot me an email and let me know what you learned! Who are your mentors? What actions did you take? I love hearing from you. firstname.lastname@example.org