Meeting Your Hero This July?

NDC72_Logo_RGB Author and speaker Scott Berkun recently answered a question from his mailbag:

I’m going to a conference for the first time, in part to meet an author that inspired me who’s speaking there. Do you have any advice on what to do and, mainly, what NOT to do when I meet him?

 If you are attending the 27th New Dentist Conference in Denver July 18-20, it’s possible you might end up face-to-face with one of your personal heroes.

Berkun shares some tips for meeting your heroes, with an eye towards making the encounter friendly and enjoyable, rather than awkward and uncomfortable. Here’s one suggestion if you hope to have a dialog, not just a handshake:

Email them before the event with a very well thought out comment or question, and/or a strong thanks for their work and how it inspired you. Mention you’ll be at the event and hope to meet them.

 What about you? Who is that one hero you’d like to meet, even if the prospect makes you a little nervous? Share your answer in the comments (and yes, your hero can be from any endeavor—non-dentists can be heroes too!)