357. Networking with Billionaires
When Christopher’s parochial school teachers made him write, “I will not talk in class” hundreds of times, neither they nor he imagined that one day he would become an international success talking to fascinated audiences around the world.
Christopher Kai is an entrepreneur, international speaker, and bestselling author who has given over 1,000 presentations to a global audience from 30 countries. He has shared his branding and networking strategies with thousands of entrepreneurs to help them build their businesses one client at a time. His core message is that if you want to build a successful business you have to understand the art and science of relationship building. He just published his third book, “Big Game Hunting: Networking with Billionaires, Executives and Celebrities.” Inc. magazine has referred to him as “the billionaire networker.”
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“One very hot day, when I was seven and a student at St Mary’s Elementary School in Woodside, Queens, New York, my classmates saw that I had this amazing portable fan and that I was really cool while everyone else was sweating like crazy. They asked me, ‘Hey, Chris, where did you get that fan?’ I bought a bunch of the fans for $2.00 each in Chinatown and sold them at school for $3.00 each. So, in second grade I learned the principle of supply and demand. That really was the genesis of me being an entrepreneur.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
Chris had a number of challenges in his Catholic school. He was the shortest kid in class, he was thought to have a reading or learning disability and the teachers thought he talked too much. “They had me write ‘I will not talk in class’ hundreds of times.”
“My uncle Deng, an immigrant from Hong Kong, hired me in his company when I was 12. He paraded me around all his clients saying how amazing I was, how talented and hardworking. That really shifted my idea of what was possible for me and gave me self-confidence. Now, as I give speeches around the world, I credit my Uncle Deng for being that first entrepreneur role model in my life.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“I believe successful entrepreneurship is all about pushing yourself and aiming high. You’ll never get to your dreams if you don’t push yourself. A lot of people don’t succeed in life. They might have the intelligence, the connections, or they might be born in a great country, as we were, but if they don’t have the courage to push themselves, they’re not going to get to do what they want and love to do.”
Steps to Success from Christopher Kai
1. Don’t be afraid to aim high and reach out to successful people you admire.
2. Continuously ask yourself, “What kind of value can I add?”
3. Focus on learning how to find commonality, build relationships of trust.
4. Be a self-starter. Always push yourself to do your best.
Connecting With Christopher Kai
MondaysAtThe Mission (Chris’ project for homeless youth)
“3 Networking Strategies You Can Learn from Billionaire Elon Musk,” a digital report available at ChristopherKai.com.
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