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Interview With Lewis Howes on How to Successfully Network as An Entrepreneur

lewis howesNetworking is very crucial to the success of an entrepreneur so I decided to interview someone who is a master at the art of Networking, Lewis Howes. Lewis Howes has built a successful online business through networking and he is making hundreds of thousands of dollars online as a result of his networking. Read this interview carefully to learn more about networking successfully.

Onibalusi: Hi Lewis, it is really great to have you as a guest on WritersinCharge, I’m sure many of my readers will know you but for those who don’t can you pls introduce yourself?

Lewis: Thanks. I am Lewis Howes, a former two sport all american, and unofficial world record holder for most receiving yards in a single football game (418). I am the founder of the Sports Executive Association, an exclusive membership community consisting of the best sports executives in the world and also run SportsNetworker.com. In the past I also co-wrote LinkedWorking, a book based on the best ways to utilize LinkedIn for your business and your personal brand.

Onibalusi: You’re a master of networking and I see you preach it all the time, do you believe networking is important?

Lewis: Networking is probably the most important thing you can do. Most of the time, it doesn’t matter how experienced you are or how smart you are… it matters who you are connected to and how well you are connected. The more powerful connections, the more opportunities are available.

Onibalusi: I remembered sending you an email last week about getting started afresh as an entrepreneur, you gave a reply that your best advice is to get out there and network. How can someone get out there and network? How should it be done and how not should it be done?

Lewis: The most important thing is to be yourself. You don’t need to go and shake everyone’s hand or have a script ready with your resume in it. Just go look up some local events that cover topics that you are passionate about (for me, that would be sports) and go out there and meet people. It does not matter if whether you are an extravert or an introvert. In fact, Chris Garrett and I created a set of seminars called Shy Networking (www.shynetworking.com) to help those who believe they are ‘too shy’ to network.

Onibalusi: I also remembered you talking about CEO’s and big people in the email reply, do you think it is possible for small guys like me from nowhere to network with big people and CEO’s?

Lewis: First of all, stop seeing yourself as a ‘small guy’. You have a voice like everyone else and what you have to say is just as valid as anyone else! So along the same lines, don’t look at the tagline beside someone when you meet them. Just because they aren’t the CEO of a fortune 500 company doesn’t mean they don’t know someone who is. Make the best impression you can on everyone and you will win.

Onibalusi: I recollect sending emails to some big bloggers/people not to get any reply, what do you think is the cause for this? What do I do to get more attention from influencers?

Lewis: Some of the biggest names I have met are also some of the most humble and down-to earth people I know. That being said, they also some of the busiest. If at first you don’t succeed, try again.

Onibalusi: What is your criteria for knowing whom to network with?

Lewis: Network with as many people as you can. That’s it.

Onibalusi: What is the biggest problem someone can face when trying to network with influencers and how can someone overcome it?

Lewis: The greatest basketball player of all time Micheal Jordan once said “I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.” I feel like too many people worry about making a bad impression, and settle for making no impression at all. Don’t settle, just go for it!

Onibalusi: You’re really a great entrepreneur, what is your best advice to every entrepreneur out there?

Lewis: Take massive action!

Onibalusi: Thanks so much for being our guest on WritersinCharge, it is really a pleasure.

You can learn more from Lewis by visiting his blog at http://www.lewishowes.com and by following on twitter @LewisHowes

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7 Comments on "Interview With Lewis Howes on How to Successfully Network as An Entrepreneur"

  1. D Baker says:

    I really loved this part:

    “I feel like too many people worry about making a bad impression, and settle for making no impression at all. Don’t settle, just go for it!”. This is very true.

    However, I don’t really agree that MJ is the best of all time, but that is another debate… 🙂

  2. Lye Kuek Hin says:

    Hi Lewis,

    I like what you say about we shouldn’t treat ourselves as small guys and the fact we need to network with as many people as we can. I believe we learn greatly out of your advice. Thanks.

    Thanks for the great interview Oni.

    Lye

  3. mate

    yet another good interview 🙂

  4. Samuel says:

    Awesome Interview bro! Yeah i agree with you Lye! You are right man. thanks a lot for sharing. Have fun.

  5. symantec certification says:

    wow!!!!!!!!!!
    It’s a great interview I fully agree with this professional interview.
    But i like the way of talking Mr. Lewis Howes,

  6. Rahul @ MazaKaro says:

    it’s right , interviews from time to time make us know about people’s experience and since it’s a real thing it will make you learn more about networking successfully !!!! very detailed answers ! thank You

  7. Brother dr350 drum says:

    I really admire him. I envy the level of his self confidence.

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