Speaker Profile: Matt Holmes

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Matt Holmes
Founder — Handshakin.com
Twitter: @handshakin | Instagram: @handshakin | Facebook: holmematt


FAST FACTS

Session Name: How to use your blog to meet with industry experts
Location: Denver, Colorado
Domain name you wished you owned: mattholmes.com
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Q&A

Describe your company and how long you have been there. 
Handshakin.com has been my baby for the past 3 years, it's me, four virtual team members, and we build personal websites with a focus on local SEO and lead generation. We have tons of video interviews with entrepreneurs, billionaires, and even members of congress all for free for you to learn what makes a great online strategy to help you in person and offline relationships.

What can attendees look forward to during your session?
An energetic room, meeting the person next to them, and a short list of powerful resources around personal branding.

What can attendees do in order to prepare for your session? Are there any questions or scenarios they should consider in advance?
Buy your personal domain if you haven't already.

What would you like attendees to learn or take away from your session?
Inspiration and a checklist on how to meet the leaders in your industry.

Can you tell us about how your service or product helps deliver value to your customers?
We help personal brands grow their following and convert more leads. We do this by targeting specific keywords and branding them as the local expert.

What are your thoughts on the new TLDs?
I think they're increasing the value of .com's.

What are you most looking forward to at the upcoming NamesCon?
The auction! Love seeing what big names sell for.

What industry trends or topics do you think will be at the forefront of panel and keynote discussions this year?
Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies.

Who are you excited to hear speak at NamesCon? Why?
Morgan Linton! I read almost all of his blog posts as they come out.

Whats something most people don't know about you?
I'm a world record holder for the world's longest handshake.

What advice can you offer those who are just getting their start in the domain or related industry?
Set a limit of how many domains you want to buy each year, and then divide that by 12. It will force you to only buy great ones each month.

How does your career compare to what you envisioned in your youth?
I thought I wanted to be a orthodontist, and although I still love great smiles, I also really love passive, online income.

How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger?
I help entrepreneurs leverage their personal brand to drive more leads.

Describe a recent challenge at work or in your personal life that you overcame.
This year, I acquired an additional income property and was over leverages for a few months and had to get through a cash flow issue. It was really challenging and although I don't want to go through it again, I also would expect building passive income generating assets quickly to come with a ton of ease.


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