How to secure a fire speaker line-up
Most of the speakers we get are from cold reach outs. Behind each speaker, there are 10 others who’ve said no.
Brian Wong, 25-year-old CEO and founder of Kiip, is a big fan of cold reach outs.
“Just ask. I love this mini cheat. So underrated. Always ask for something better than what’s offered. If people say no, so what? If they say yes, awesome! No one knows how to help you if you don’t know how to ask. What do you get if you don’t ask for anything? That’s easy: exactly what you asked for.”
Did you say...speaking gig?
As the youngest person to ever receive venture capital funding, Brian is seen as a breath of fresh air in the entrepreneurship world.
Brian’s been recognized in global publications like Forbes, Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Inc. Magazine. He has spoken at several popular conferences such as SXSW and TEDx.
Being young helped him out.
“I had the advantage of youth. I was bright, eager, and ready to learn anything... youth is a state of mind. It’s a matter of energy, curiosity and wonder. We’re all learning. We’re all growing. If someone can see that, you’ll be young to them.”
The Cold Reach Out
How did Brian play the game?
It started —
— with a cold email.
“I always cold-email executives; people usually feel too intimidated to reach out, so executives don’t expect it. You have the unique opportunity to capture their attention.”
He said cold reach outs are the “best tool in life” and he’s gotten most of his connections and successes through it.
So, we took his word for it and tried.
Did it work?
We got this in our inbox … it wasn’t an immediate yes but,
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how we invited Brian to come speak at the Legacy Conference.
This 25-year-old CEO says in his Cheat Code, “Stomp out the fear. Pitch yourself. Present yourself in the best way possible.”
“Honestly, just act like you belong there. That’s it. The more you’re like, ‘ooohh I don’t really know, should I be here?’, people start to think ‘wait, is this guy supposed to be here?’. The more you convince yourself, ‘hell yeah I’m supposed to be here,’ the easier it gets.”
So shoutout to you, young boss. Still wondering where you belong? Come here, we gon’ find out.
Catch Brian and his fire talk on March 24th.