Posted from Laurel, Maryland-
I've been fortunate to meet many famous people through the years–Mike Love (Beach Boys), George Herbert Walker Bush (photo of us on my Web site), pop star Rick Springfield, speaker Tony Robbins, best-selling authors Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Dr. Stephen Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People), many more and counting.
The truth is that luck isn't the only determing factor when it come to meeting people of influence.
Someone once asked thief Willie Sutton why he robbed banks. Sutton answered, "Because that's where the money is!"
If you want to meet famous people, remember the old real estate axiom, "Location, location, location." In other words, you've got to hang out where celebrities hang out.
The first class cabin of an airliner is such a place. This is where I met Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee today on the flight from Detroit to Baltimore.
All conventions and national trade shows have keynote speakers. It's fairly easy to meet this guest of honor, but first you have to meet the Executive Director of the hosting organization. That's how I met Tony Robbins. I ended up going to the Nashville airport to pick him up.
Famous people are just like other people. They don't mind spending a few minutes with you if you are polite and to the point. As always, it helps to be complimentary, but don't fawn.
Finally, try not to say the same thing everyone says to them. The phrase, "I've seen all your movies," is not likely to get you extra time with a celebrity.
What famous people have you met? How did it happen