Which brings me back to Reggie. So, he reached out to me in an enthusiastic way, yes. But it’s his positive persistence — and success that came from it — that prompted me to write again.
I wish I could say that the person I connected him to directly resulted in a speaking engagement for him, but it didn’t.
While Reggie kept updating me and politely asking me if there was anything else I could do, he also was going back to Linkedin on his own and doing additional research.
Writing to more people with, I’ll imagine, that same brand of consistent enthusiasm and energy.
I remember way back in the day when I was first trying to reach CNN to try and schedule a time to come in and take their test to become a freelance writer.
I made a daily call and left an upbeat message to their freelance coordinator... for 40 days in a row.
On the 41st day, she finally called me back and her first words to me were: “Man, you are persistent.”
Same with Reggie. He didn’t give up and he didn’t let frustration show. And guess what? He’s landed a private speaking gig.
So, when you make that next call or send that next email, smile. You can do it too.