The Secret Formula That Will Score You a Meeting with ANY VIP – from Christine Comaford

During her Social Capitalist Interview, multi-hyphenate Christine Comaford (author, entrepreneur, consultant, coach…) shared the secrets from her blog post titled: “I Stalked Steve Jobs and How to Get a Meeting with Any VIP.”

Christine says:

“It’s not that hard to get a meeting with any VIP. The quick recipe is to ask for five minutes of their time in exchange for you giving five hours to their favorite nonprofit.

So you’ve got to do some homework. When you first connect with them, send a letter. I prefer a letter that’s typed and sent via FedEx. One of my clients, a huge high-level executive at Deloitte just used this approach. He finally got through to someone he’s been trying to reach for three months.

You figure out what it is that you want: I want five minutes of advice from Joe Blow. So then you send a letter, one page or less. Don’t ramble on. Just say, ‘Wow, I really admire the accomplishments that you’ve made, Joe Blow, in your life. I want to do that too. I would love to ask you for five minutes of advice.’ Continue reading

Relationship Roundup

This week in the Relationship Roundup, some thoughts on how to put the most authentic version of you out in front and a special roundup for a true innovator.

To clear the way for transparency, check your ego – A recent study by the Corporate Executive Board revealed some pretty scary results that prohibit true candor and transparency.

The delicate dance of candor, transparency and authenticity – A deep dive into the communication faux pas of Netflix that we can all learn from.

The only way to stay clear of candor, authenticity and transparency – Thanks to @JPMartin for the reminder  “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing” – Aristotle

In closing, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do a tribute roundup for an innovator who built an intimate relationship with all of us in one way or another. Rest in peace Steve Jobs.

His Vision:
His Inspirational Words:
His reminder to us all to Think Different:

Kibibi Springs is the myGreenlight Community Manager