How To Find Successful People To Associate With

In my post, Guilty by Association, I said that you must associate with other successful people in order to be successful. You are who you associate with and if you have aspirations for more than the 9 – 5 rat race, you need to roll with people who are on the fast track or heading to the fast track. But how do you find successful people to associate with? I’m glad you asked.

Let’s Meet Up!

One of the best ways to associate with like minded people is by attending local networking events. If you live in a major city, they’ll extremely easy to find. A good place to start is at Meetup.com. Here, you will find local meet ups on pretty much any topic you have an interest in. I belong to several meet up groups, including the Vancouver Blogger Meetup, The Vancouver Entrepreneur Meetup and Third Tuesday. These meet ups are a great way to make new friends and network with people who have the same goals and dreams as you.

Making New Facebook Friends

Another way to find face to face networking groups is by Facebook. I find that Facebook doesn’t work as well as Meetup.com. Most of the Facebook groups I belong to as not local. However, Facebook is great for hooking up at major events like Blog World or Affiliate Summit. I get a ton of party invites via Facebook.

The Major Trade Shows

The easiest way to hook up face to face with the big name bloggers is by attending a major trade show like Blog World. I attend trade shows more for networking and association than I do for knowledge. Yes, you can learn a lot of things at a show but you’ll pick up the really cool stuff at informal lunches or the after parties that these show always have. I got the best piece of branding advice ever during lunch with Joel Comm at the 2008 Affiliate Summit.

In addition to the major trade shows, there are a bunch of local show I like to attend. The advantage of the local show is of course money – it’s a lot cheaper. No plane ticket or hotel room required.

Network With Me At The Following Events

I will be at the following Vancouver events this month. Feel free to come out and say hi. I would love to meet you. As you can see, my calendar is pretty full. I only look like I don’t do any work.

Jan. 15 – Vancouver Entrepreneur Meetup: This is one of the biggest local meet ups for entrepreneurs in Vancouver. The meetup is great for promoting your business and meeting other business people. The event is free to attend but they do encourage all members to bring a bottle of wine or snacks to share with everyone. RSVP here.

Jan. 17 – Dot Com Pho: The weekly Dot Com Pho feast happens every Saturday at 12:30. All the Dot Com crew are back from Vegas and we’re looking forward to a nice bowl of Pho. Anyone is welcome to join. Follow me on Twitter to find the location.

Jan 20. 3rd Whale Party: I don’t know what happen to the 1st and 2nd, but the 3rd Whale is hosting an Obama inauguration party at the top floor of the Ceili’s Irish Pub – 670 Smithe Street. Join the whale for drinks and prizes. RSVP here.

Jan. 21 – Vancouver Blogger Meetup: Location is TBA right now. However, you can RSVP to the meetup here. I’m sure once Rual finds a good location, he’ll be updating the page.

Jan. 22 – Taste BC: The second annual celebration of local food and drink takes place January 22, 2009 (4:30-7:30 p.m.) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. Event goers will not only indulge in tastings from some of the finest restaurants, wineries, breweries and cheese purveyors in BC, they will also benefit one of the province’s most vital medical institutions. Tickets are $49.99 each and all proceeds goes to the BC Children’s Hospital – Oak Tree Clinic

Jan. 22 – Ideas On Tap: This is a very fun event happening at the Yaletown Brewing Company at 1111 Mainland Street, Vancouver. Ideas on Tap is a light business networking event for hi-tech professionals in Vancouver. This free event features a competition where 5 contestants deliver a 60 second elevator pitch. The audience will vote for their 2 favorite pitches and prizes will be awarded. The event starts at 5PM but I’ll be there late because I’ll be coming from Taste BC. RSVP here.

Jan. 30 Big Night Vancouver: If you really want to rub elbows with the rich and famous of Vancouver, then Big Night is one of the best night to do it. Held at the very high end Vancouver Club, Big Night is a night of fine food and wine. There is a dress code in effect so you want to look your best and leave the jeans at home.


57 thoughts on “How To Find Successful People To Associate With”

  1. It seems that all of my partners in business have come from the pub or cafe! You get talking to people and find out what they are good at and all of a sudden a new business relationship has begun. I also seem to get most of my clients this way.

    Good post John.

    Ramsay
    Taplin Web Design

    1. I would have to agree on this point – I would also add that I’ve found good connections at the gym, as well s through friends when they hear about what I do

      1. Elevators worked great for me for the initial curiosity pitch.

        You should be really efficient and practice, since you’ve got only 30-60 seconds to make first impression/pitch. But yea, it works.. I’d get a business card at the end of the ride, and followup on the same day.

        πŸ™‚

        Cheers,
        Alex

        1. Elevators have worked for me as well, publicist-related-wise.

      2. I think places like Digital Point and so are also a good place to associate with people.

      3. mr nice guy says:

        I agree John. It’s hard to find people that are easy to associate. However, through meetups you will eventually find some.

    2. Ryan McLean says:

      I have one partner from church who is working on something big
      We will eventually do something together
      I am looking forward to the next blog world expo…count me in

    3. BrandC says:

      I’d have to agree about building good relationships at the pub/bar. After a few drinks, it seems like people’s entrepreneurial spirits start soaring and you can really start exchanging ideas that you might now have thought about before. I keep a small pen and notepad in my pocket for those thoughts of inspiration because most likely I won’t remember much the next morning πŸ˜‰

    4. BrandC says:

      I’d have to agree about building good relationships at the pub/bar. After a few drinks, it seems like people’s entrepreneurial spirits start soaring and you can really start exchanging ideas that you might not have thought about before. I keep a small pen and notepad in my pocket for those thoughts of inspiration because most likely I won’t remember much the next morning πŸ˜‰

    5. Ben Pei says:

      Hi John,

      I wonder if you ever comment on other blogs?

    6. Ben Pei says:

      Hey John,

      Do you ever comment on others’ blog?

  2. Thanks for the suggestions John, believe it or not although these resources are out there its a shame not more people are using them – success is about networking and developing relationships so I’m very gald you wrote this article today…Thanks John.

    1. Richard M says:

      I couldn’t agree more. As I mentioned in Yaro’s guest post I think your circle of friends and who you are associating with is all to often an over looked tool. Whether it be friends re-tweeting blog posts, adding stumbles for you, linking you or just be successful friends that make you want to achieve more. Who you’ve got on your side is a big plus.

    2. Richard M says:

      I couldn’t agree more. As I mentioned in Yaro’s guest post I think your circle of friends and who you are associating with is all to often an over looked tool. Whether it be friends re-tweeting blog posts, adding stumbles for you, linking you or just be successful friends that make you want to achieve more. Who you’ve got on your side is always important and can be a big plus.

  3. Aaron says:

    John, Any plans of visiting Toronto? I wish I lived in the west coast πŸ™‚

    1. Get in line man lol!!! πŸ™‚

      1. Ben Pei says:

        Now what about Asia? lol

        1. Ali Hussain says:

          Exactly my question

  4. Those are some opportunities to meet one of the most successful bloggers ever. If I lived closer I would definitely do that. I also here that twitter is a good way to meet up with people. People l seem more open then ever to social network with people, and so now you can do it over pretty much anything. I prefer chat, like google talk or email. But there are so many great ways to connect with people now. I’m excited about the opportunity to learn, and mature as a blogger. no matter how successful you are, there’s always people you can learn from.

  5. Networking is definitely important in any business. I was able to find a few events in the Boston area.

  6. There needs to be more blogger networking in Australia πŸ˜€

  7. You’ve hit it on point once again. Networking is a very, very important part of your online businesses and there are many ways in approaching this.

  8. Robby G says:

    When are you coming to Toronto??

  9. I’m reminded of the phrase, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”

    If you just keep to yourself all the time, how in the world will you take advantage of opportunities when they come your way? This is what it really means to be lucky…you make your own luck by increasing the exposure you have for opportunity to find you.

    1. I like that, “It’s not what you know, but WHO you know”. Hmmm, that’s real food for thought. Thanks for sharing it.

  10. John, can you make a list of all of the Internet marketing/blogging related conferences for 2009, such as BlogWorld, IZEA etc.

    I can’t keep track of all of them.

    1. Ben Pei says:

      Now that is something really useful..

  11. Hi John, I just want to let you know that you are one of my most admired bloggers. Keep it up! πŸ™‚

    http://www.millionaireacts.com/289/most-admired-bloggers.html

  12. networking is key to success. Always be prepared in any instance for a moment to network with another.

  13. Mike B says:

    After I read this post, I thought back to when I was told that most business deals are made at the golf course or dinner table. Networking and just being social gets highly overlooked in a world where numbers are so important.

  14. game-girl says:

    I share all the thoughts said above the success and successful people that is necessary to communicate on different levels,make new friends,enjoy the life and share it with the other people.

  15. J.D. Meier says:

    Great tips and I like Meetup.com.

    I hadn’t seen it before, but I just checked it out and it’s pretty sweet.

  16. Melissa says:

    I didn’t know about Meetup. Thanks for the idea. My blog has great resources for women who are at home with their kids and are looking to keep their skills sharp or do some work from home in a REAL job. In terms of gaining more readership from this target market, there are so many places to run into smart, stay-at-home Moms!

  17. Thanks John! I’m going give this a try πŸ™‚ Though there aren’t many bloggers in India, but I’m sure there might be ‘some’ πŸ˜‰ Cheers!

  18. SEO Tips says:

    Are these events free though? Or do they charge a large amount of money to attend them? I know some Internet Marketing events charge high amounts of money because of the A-list experts that attent and speak at the shows however us small timers can not afford this.

  19. I wanna get in touch with other successful people, but the problem is that none lives in my country (Morocco)
    However, I can still connect with them through access, but most of them are busy and do not have time for other junior bloggers.

  20. Rahul says:

    I strongly believe that social networking is the key ingredient to get up-close with new people and to find an associate for oneself too.

  21. It’s indeed difficult, if not plain impossible, to succeed online without having some “association”. That’s absolutely true. And yes, not just ANY association, but association with successful people. Didn’t they say “what we will become in 10 years ahead is the sum total of the books we have read and the people we have met”. πŸ™‚ Indeed!

  22. Harry Tran says:

    Next time you’re in Seattle, how about grabbing some Sushi land together haha

  23. Leigh says:

    Love your stuff John. Hope all is well. Keep your eyes open for our newest site being completely re-vamped at http://www.vanvibes.com this one will take off to the sky! Anyone who wants to get on board just leave us a comment at http://www.vanvibes.com. The site is currently very bare and vague, but that is soonto change here in the neat 4 weeks.

  24. Manori Money says:

    Next time I visit canada I will let you know

  25. DialAbroad says:

    Good post. One additional comment – never be afraid to just send out an email to senior people in a company you want to talk to/partner with. I have found that if you email if targetted, relevant and is a ‘win win’ for the recipient, you can network at the highest levels.

    Chris

  26. Reyn Aria says:

    Networking is really important for business, even for online businesses. Just closing your door and working behind computer all day long is usually not that effective. Having conversation with other people some times help me to get the inspiration and encouragement I need. Too bad I’m not in USA to be able to join you in those events. Guess I’ll have to look for local entrepreneurs =)

  27. Associating yourself with the right people is important. It has definitely helped my business get further.

  28. Picasso says:

    I will give some of the resources listed a try, they are mostly for bloggers but it doesn’t hurt to be a site owner.

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  30. game-girl says:

    Good blog. I quite share the oppinion of its being great.

  31. michael says:

    nakaka aliw talaga magbasa ng blog mo at ngayon sa muling pagbisita ko sa site u ay mas madali na dahil naiconvert na sa wika namin. galing u talaga

  32. Sumter SC says:

    great post – you have to think positive for positive things to happen but most importantly you have to be around positive people

  33. I am very thankful for the my two friends who also help me out with my site.

  34. You are what your friends image, it means who your friend will depend also to your character

  35. I agree… birds of the same feather flock together. I recently experienced the awesome importance of connecting with the RIGHT people. Nothing beats it, I tell you, absolutely nothing. Thanks for this, John.

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