Week 8: Asking Advice from a Role Model – Jesse Bonanno

My name is Davis. In September 2014, I decided to spend a year reaching out to I’ve never met, but admire. You can find out more about my story here

I love listening to Pandora. I get to hear my favorite songs and every now and then, Pandora will play a song it thinks I will like based on my past preferences. A month ago, Pandora introduce me to this song:

I fell in love with this song and decided to replay it as I did my homework that evening. After the 8th repeat, I decided to find out more about Jesse Bonanno, the artist behind the song. The first thing I found was his LinkedIn page.

What impressed me about Jesse’s page was that beyond his music, he is also a full-time consultant at Accenture. I have a friend who works at Accenture in a similar role to Jesse.

From what I hear from my friend, the hours are long (10-14/day) and there is extensive traveling (4 days our of the week are on the road traveling). I wanted to know how Jesse is able to maintain the hours and travel at his work with his music career.

I decided to reach out and ask.

Getting the contact information:

I googled Jesse and found his homepage.

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Through his webpage, I noticed Jesse has a contact page.

The Contact Page:

I usually avoid using the Contact Page form since it is the easiest route, thus many people use it and the chances of my particular message gets read is low, but I had a good feeling this time and I filled out the message box and hit submit.

Results:

Jesse replied less than 4 hours later.

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I am rooting for Jesse to succeed.

Lesson learned this week:

Wow the contact form really works.

Next Tuesday:

One of my long-term goals is to be a paid motivational speaker. For this week, I’ll try to connect with Scott Berkum, who wrote the book Confessions of a Public Speaker.

Want to join me and reach out to your role models? You can get details for the 7-Day CWA Challenge below.

Week 7: Finding a difficult email – Brené Brown

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My name is Davis. In September 2014, I decided to spend a year reaching out to I’ve never met, but admire. You can find out more about my story here.  This week was quite challenging. My goal was to reach out to Brené Brown, best known for her work with vulnerability and shame. She delivered this […]

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Week 6: Using LinkedIn Creatively – Sean Covey

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My name is Davis. In September 2014, I decided to spend a year finding ways to connect with people I’ve never met, but admire. You can find out more about my story here. I update my progress every Tuesday. Last week, my connection goal was Sean Covey (@sean_covey): writer, motivational speaker, and Vice-President of Products at FranklinCovey. Why […]

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Week 5: Dining with a Local Celebrity – Parker Liautaud

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My name is Davis. In September 2014, I decided to spend a year reaching out and finding ways to help people I’ve never met, but admire. You can find out more about my story here. I update my progress every Tuesday. I first learned about Parker Liautaud from reading about his journey becoming the fastest person to reach the […]

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Week 4: How to Meet the Conference Organizer – Sherry Ott

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My name is Davis. In September 2014, I decided to spend a year reaching out and finding ways to help people I’ve never met, but admire. You can find out more about my story here. I update my progress every Tuesday. This week, my goal was to connect with Sherry Ott and help her accomplish a goal. Who […]

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Week 3: Asking a hero to dinner – Tom Scott

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My name is Davis. In September 2014, I decided to spend a year reaching out and finding ways to help people I’ve never met, but admire. You can find out more about my story here. I update my progress every Tuesday. Long before it was cool to be working at what could be the “next Facebook”, I […]

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Week 2: Asking for an autograph – Mark Earls

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My name is Davis. In September 2014, I decided to spend a year reaching out and finding ways to help people I’ve never met, but admire. You can find out more about my story here. I update my progress every Tuesday. Last week, I decided to reach out to Mark Earls. Who is Mark Earls? Mark Earls […]

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Week 1: Spreading a Cool Idea – A.J. Jacobs

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My name is Davis. In September 2014, I decided to spend a year reaching out and finding ways to help people I’ve never met, but admire. You can find out more about my story here. I update my progress every Tuesday. This is A.J. Jacobs. Who is A.J. Jacobs? A.J. is a journalist, author, and speaker best known for […]

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A Year of Giving and Connecting

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My name is Davis Nguyen and I am a college student. You can read more about my personal journey here. In July of 2014, I attended the World Domination Summit – a 4-day conference for unconventionally creative people. I had spent the last 2 years saving up my money so I could go and, man […]

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