How To Network With High Net Worth Individuals
A lot of the time when I'm speaking to other entrepreneurs through Zoom or in general, we would talk about how we got into business.
I would then mention how timid and out of character this would have been for me previously.
Before I got into entrepreneurship, I was incredibly shy.
Talking to people was the last thing I ever wanted to do.
I was slightly comfortable talking to teachers that I knew, family and friends - anything outside of this circle was a no-go zone.
I had the notion that I wouldn't ever really need to talk to others, even down the line.
As soon as school had finished, I realised just how wrong my assumption was.
I've talked about some of the skills all entrepreneurs need, but I would now even argue that talking, networking, and communication, in general, are amongst the most important to have.
As soon as I started my first business, I was forced to network with many suppliers in order to find the one best suited for me and my business.
Luckily for me, we had all our communications through WhatsApp messenger meaning I didn't have to literally talk to people.
A while later however, I had gotten a place at a sales job - an introvert's worst nightmare.
We would all go into the office in the morning to practise our pitch, and I felt like I didn't belong.
I'd look around and everyone seemed like they're friends; talking, networking practicing.
All of this felt out of pocket for me.
As soon as I had an encounter with someone, I would turn red and start sweating excessively.
Not long after this as you may know, I started my marketing agency where I finally thought that I had discovered the easiest business in the world.
Turned out that there should have been a sign that said *Not For Introverts* on the can.
I hated this business model.
Although I had previous sales experience, I could not bring myself to make this agency work.
It was constant prospecting, following up, setting meetings, and selling strangers.
All these activities required the most amount of energy you can get from an introverted person like me.
In the early days of the agency, I would set meetings with people who wanted to work with me at the agency.
These people could have potentially been employees or contractors of the agency.
The thought of talking to and hiring people was frightening.
My heart pounded heavily during every meeting and again, I sweat excessively.
See, there are many success stories of people who were in the right place at the right time.
There have also been people who have managed to get filthy rich off just talking to others.
Yesterday I was watching a video on Steve Ballmer and how he managed to get so wealthy.
Steve turned out to be friends with Bill Gates early on during University.
Although he didn't pursue Microsoft with Bill, later on, Steve went back to Bill and asked him for a job at Microsoft.
Starting off as an assistant, he slowly worked his way up to CEO status and left Microsoft with a net worth (in 2021) of over $80 billion.
See, being in the right place at the right time, meeting the right people in the right places can be one of the easiest ways to reach your goals.
Some of the wealthiest people today say their success was the doing of great networking and meeting the right people.
During the sales job, the manager would give us talks and it felt like the scene right out of the movie!
This boost in confidence and motivation did not last long, however.
After the first door knock or two, I was out of the game.
After all these failures, I decided to take as many meetings as I could in order to learn this skill.
The reason I'm mentioning all of this is because I believe that in order to network effectively, you first need to know how to communicate effectively.
But how do you actually meet high-net-worth individuals?
I'd say Facebook groups are more active, but LinkedIn groups are a lot less saturated with spammers and scammers.
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All you have to do is look for them.