Before I get started I want to preface with my story:
It’s been said that you should find someone who’s career you’d like to follow or model — reach out to them and seek to foster a relationship with that person and have them mentor you.
Well.. I found that person here in Charlotte — I’m sure of it because I was reading an e-mail that I got from Who’s Who Charlotte and she was mentioned in it. At first I didn’t pay much attention to the read because I get inundated with e-mails already, but something made me want to read this e-mail. I did and to my excitement I am reading about this woman and her background in Charlotte and I say to myself “THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO!” Meaning I want to be as engaged in the community as she is…and more!
So I set out to meet this woman. I thought of a creative way to introduce myself to her via e-mail, no response (she’s super busy). I scoured my e-mail to see if I had her contact information somewhere inadvertently (GOT IT) I reached out to people whom might know her via facebook, linkedin (she’s not very active on there). My contact went as far as to reach out to her daughter for me 🙂 Her daughter even said ” catch her if you can” …lol
Well, I wasn’t going to let that deter me. I found out what events would be opportune for me to meet her and I pounced on it! I went to an event this Wed. Access Charlotte Dialogue Series. She HAD to be there — and she was — I was so excited at the prospect of meeting this woman that I couldn’t contain myself (figuratively). This guy that sat next to me knew her, because she came up to him and greeted him with a hug. I wanted to ask him how he knew her and if he could introduce me, but her left early. Therefore, it was all or nothing.. I sat there and rehersed to myself what I wanted to say because I knew I only had a few moments to get out what I needed to her (she’s very busy). At the end of the event — I made my way to the stage and the rest was history!!!!! I was so excited to finally meet her. We exchanged cards — she said call her/e-mail her next week.. I’m calling…lol And I was super super stoked!!
So now what? I already know what I want to talk about to her — and how she can potentially help me here in Charlotte. I came upon this cool article today in the Wall Street Journal and this will be my awesome guideline to building a relationship with her. 8 Tips on How to Be a Smart Protégé
Great READ…GREAT GUIDE.