5 Ways to Start a Conversation With Someone You Admire
We all have people we admire. Perhaps yours is a businesswoman, an actress, or a political leader. Whoever it is, you've probably dreamt of meeting them in person. But if and when the moment presents itself, and you have a chance to engage the object of your admiration, the last thing you want to be is tongue-tied. Good thing Inc. put together a list of brilliant ways to start a conversation with someone you look up to. Scroll through for our top five picks.
People love to share their wisdom. Asking someone you admire for their advice is a proven way to convey that you respect them and value their opinion. If you're shy, feel free to ask on behalf of a friend or relative. But we guarantee you'll never regret asking for advice from someone you look up to.
Whether it's a blog post, an article, or a book, if the person you admire has written something recently, it's a great idea to bring it up with them. Ask about their inspiration, their research, or how they came up with the topic. Sometimes it works to say that you disagree with something they wrote. Controversy always makes excellent conversation fodder.
Straight, upfront flattery is never a bad idea. When you tell someone that you really like their work, which you should only do if you actually like it, then that means it stood out for you against the overcrowded world we live in. When you tell someone that their work caught your attention, that's the biggest compliment you can give someone.
This question is slightly risky, but if you ask someone who likes talking about what they have in the works, you'll have them talking forever about their upcoming project. Test the waters. The worst thing that can happen is that you get the sense that it's is a no-go topic and you change it gracefully. The best-case scenario? You find out what the person you admire is up to probably ages before you would have otherwise.
It's easy to read about the founding stories of successful companies or careers, but often those are the edited versions. Ask your idol about how they conceived of their favorite project and how they drove that into a successful endeavor. Asking someone about their creative process is a wonderful way to get a glimpse of their perspective and thought process.
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If you could ask someone you admire anything in the world, what would it be?