This conversation has been coming up a lot with me lately, the whole "how do I talk to people at a higher level than me?" Somewhere in your brain you've made a decision that people who can hire you, or celebrities, or whomever, are different than you, your friends, and your family. The only difference between you and them are the opportunities they've had.
If an actor meets a nice woman and is having a pleasant conversation, then learns she is a casting director and suddenly turns white and forgets how to speak, that's a problem.
What I'm getting at is, you KNOW how to talk to people. You talk to your friends, family members, neighbors, so... maybe you need to take a step backwards and look at the conversations you have with them. Literally, pick them apart, and see how you generate conversations with people you're comfortable with.
Then re-read my blogs on creating rapport. Once you get comfortable creating rapport with people, you'll be able to organically have the same types of conversations you have with your friends, with anyone, no matter where they are in their career path.
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