Podcast listener Adam asks: “A long term goal of mine is to have lunch with a billionaire. How I will get in front of them is not a concern, because I can figure that out, and I am not afraid of asking, except in this case, because I am afraid of wasting such an opportunity. I have met you personally at one of your holiday meetups (I gave you some Taco Bell gift cards) and listened to your podcast for years, and I really respect your wisdom. Rather than asking what should I do, I am asking you what would you do? What would you ask, how would you prepare, how would you not waste the moment?”
Adam – that’s a great question. I’ve had the privilege of meeting with lots of successful people over the years and I too want to always make that time useful. I’ve learned so much from those further up the ladder of success – and have found them to be extremely open and helpful. Now I am interviewed a lot as well and often it seems we just wander through whatever comes up.
I would recommend you ask if you could have 20 minutes of their time to interview regarding their success in _____________. You’re doing research on overcoming challenges and you’d like his/her input.
Here were questions I received recently in preparation with an author doing research for his book. It was clear he knew my material well and had crafted questions unique to me – not just generic “success” questions that could be asked of anyone.
Questions for Dan
- Could you share a little bit about your background, and your connection to the Amish?
- You’ve written on your blog and website about visits to Holmes County, Ohio and your observations on Amish businesses. From your standpoint as a consultant and a businessperson, what are they doing well?
- You’ve authored multiple bestselling books on work and life contentment, including 48 Days to the Work You Love, No More Mondays and Wisdom meets Passion. Could you share a few key ideas on how to find satisfaction at work?
- What kind of a role do you see faith or spirituality playing in having a fruitful, rewarding career?
- What are some of the typical challenges you see people encountering in today’s economy?
- What are some common mistakes people make, career-wise?
- What kind of advice would you give someone seeking a fulfilling career?
If you are that specific in your questions, stay on task, and respect the time frame you asked for, and pick up the tab for lunch, you will be highly regarded by that individual. And you will get the information that could help accelerate your own success.