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Always be giving. Matt “Handshakin” Holmes knows this is the way to success. Hear how he gained 10,000 followers in 200 days on Instagram. Plus what he learned from the world record handshaking.

Matt “Handshakin” Holmes is an entrepreneur, speaker, author, and world record holder.  He is Founder of where he helps entrepreneurs leverage their personal brand to drive more leads.

In the early days of Handshakin’, Matt interviewed venture capitalists, members of Congress, and billionaires on the Handshakin Video Series.  Matt’s shared tips from leaders about personal branding.  Check out the show and learn how to network better on and offline by using your personal brand.

Handshakin’ services were launched from a crystal clear market need after enough people reached out to Matt asking for help on launching their personal brand to drive more leads to their startup.  


I broke the world record for the world’s longest handshake. 43.5 hours.

Think Like A Journalist Quote

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein

Success Quote or Tip

“Arising tide lifts all boats.”

Career Highlight

Matt graduated with Masters degree in business. Launched his real estate company with $100,000 in college loans and $85,000 in business debt but they passed a million in sales/assets.

The first dollar made off of Handshakin’ for $57. Instagram growth marketing. Personal profiles only.

When It Didn’t Work

When Matt was trying to launch a big package for his company. His services were too scattered. His offerings weren’t clear. Find out what he did to change this.

Top Tips How I Created My Instagram Following: 200 Days To 10,000 Followers

Anywhere you can risk losing the

White hacking only

You must have a good profile picture, description, and link to drive traffic to website.

At least nine photos in your account before launching.

[15:35]…the only time a business account is helpful…your address. see stats.  it will like 10,000 photos and visitors. Follow and unfollow people. sends automated direct messages to your followers. Still a good time to do that because not that many people are doing it yet.

Aim to create dialogue with the people you connect. turn your profile into link. so you can track your website clicks.

[19:19]…if you have 50 followers…

to recap…

What is one piece of technology, video or multimedia equipment, or app that you just can’t live without?  How to get connected with a high-profile person.

One book, documentary, blog, podcast, or Internet Channel to watch?

Four Hour Work Week, Tim Ferriss

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Phoebe Chongchua
Phoebe Chongchua

Phoebe Chongchua is a multimedia Brand Journalist, Brand Consultant & Marketing Strategist who is revolutionizing brand communication with consumers. She makes companies remarkable using brand journalism storytelling to grow their online presence, build a community, and gain greater market share. Phoebe is a former TV News journalist who helps brands gain a competitive advantage by learning to "Be the Media". Phoebe is the host of "The Brand Journalism Advantage" podcast and a "Top 50 Podcaster To Follow". Listen in iTunes or at

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