Successful people can be hard to talk to. Nevertheless, it's particularly important to know how to talk to successful people, because the value these people can have in your life is much bigger than the value of your average Joe. And you can learn this.
Most individuals are intimidated by successful people and they don't know how to talk to them. Which is why they often avoid them, thus missing great opportunities in their life.
I want to show you based on my coaching experience how to talk to successful people successfully and clear this issue once and for all.
The first thing that's really crucial for you to understand is that successful people are nor very different from regular people. They just have a high proficiency in a certain area, which they've managed to capitalize on very well.
So for the most part, talking to successful people is the same as talking to regular people. Try to not think of a successful person differently than you would think of your grandma, or your next door neighbor. And talk to them from this mindset.
This is a great mindset to have, above all because it helps you remain calm and composed around thriving individuals, which means you will be able to be as fluent and logical when you converse with them as with any other person.
It's also great because it shoes you're not intimidated by success and you're comfortable with it. Most successful persons simply love this. Plus, believe it or not, they usually don't want others to put them on a pedestal and they feel repelled by individuals who kiss their ass or tremble in front of them.
This being said, there are two things to take into account especially when talking to successful people. The first is to show appreciation of their success. Achievement is achievement, and it's a good idea to respect it.
Don't be afraid to tell a successful person that you appreciate their work or their achievements, if that is true. Even if they've heard it a million times, they'll still enjoy it if it's genuine.
But don't say this in a weak, needy way. Remain calm and have poise when doing this. Appreciation shown with dignity and confidence has much more value than appreciation shown with visible nervousness.
The other thing is to not waste successful people's time. These individuals tend to be particularly busy and although they may be willing to give you some of their time, it's important to not squander it.
Talk about relevant topics for them, try to add value to the discussion, avoid clichés and stay away from pointless small talk. Keep everything straight and to the point. That's how most persons with serious achievements like it.
One last thing to keep in mind is that, like anything else, learning how to talk to successful people is something you achieve through practice.
So, go out there, participate at various social events, meet successful individuals, introduce yourself to them and talk to them, trying to apply the advice I shared here.
The more you'll practice, the better you'll become and the easier it will be to talk to successful people. Until one day, it will be a walk in a park.