I come back home super happy for knowing a lot of interesting people that contributed a little more to the universe of thoughts, ideas and dreams living in mi head
After having two weeks very active, my brain continues to reflect about the next steps of my startup.
Once I had the opportunity to go to Silicon Valley as Community Enabler, but going as entrepreneur an battling with basic things like transport, vacancy in the hostal or even look an open store at very late hours to buy some instant food after a long day of meetings is with no doubt an experience.
What an adventure! I love it!
I told my biz partner that sometimes naivety about how I perceive things helps me to not thing twice and go for it. But when I’m living the moment and all my theory come practical it’s when I realize that this is real and isn’t a child’s game. How to explain? Is felling scare but in a good way, that makes you feel alive.
I like that someone with a lot more experience slap us in the face (metaphorically) and tell us, you’re such a kids. ‘Cause I know that there’s a lot that I need to learn and the suppositions sometimes about knowing everything collapse completely, good, that makes me be down to earth (well at least sometimes).
Without doubt I’m fascinating about knowing a new ecosystem different that mine. I have learn a lot, a key factor that help us was the support of our network and friends to integrate to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Silicon Valley. And the latino ecosystem in Silicon Valley, that their stories motivates to move forward.
That’s why I want to share some useful tips and suggestion to Nourish your Network, and who knows maybe some of your network become partners, mentors, clients, work for you, or even make great friendships.
1. Classify and identify
This first part helps me to connect my head about where I met a person, how relevant is that person to stay in touch and how aligns to my goals. Literally I classified the presentation cards into:
- Important: high relevance about my current goals
- Network: perhaps doesn’t align with my goals right know but maybe in the future
- Service: general useful services
- Archive: here I manage the contacts I can’t remind or doesn’t get to my goals (but I keep the presentation cards)
2. Listen and say thanks
A lot of times I don’t realize that I had a problem to just be quiet and listen what the other people need to say during networking, I won’t lie that sometimes I get bored about conversation ’cause I don’t found them interesting. But also I been realized that letting to continue the conversation I can learn new things, even about myself. In this part I contact by mail the persons according to the previous classification as Important and Network. Some suggestions:
- After knowing a person write them back to thanked their time and to be in touch
- Start writing that you enjoy X event, this helps the person identified you immediately
- I try to write them between the first 3 days I met a person in a networking event
- For me is very important being at the service of people, that’s why I always be open to be helpful for my network and tell them in the mail
3. New presentation card? Take it to the Data Base
Personally I have an excel directory named NET, that helps me to manage my network and to have general estimation about data as which countries are they from, how much time I have met them, from which industries they are and even the average about their ages. Some tips:
- Save simple data in the excel sheet, of course you can manage to have another great system. I prefer to do it manually ’cause I retain a lot of information in my head.
- Always use your smartphone directory to be synchronize if you ever lose your phone (hope not). We don’t know when we can need the data of a contact in the palm of your hand, and I try to always look for a nice picture to remember the faces.
- When you are in the process of saving the data of a new presentation card also add them to linkedin.
- Research more about your new contacts in Twitter, Facebook or a search engine. You can always found about the fantastic background of people.
4. Another suggestions
- Personally I like to stay in touch sometimes by Newsletter
- Stay in touch at least every quarter of the year, I learn this as ¨Nourish your network¨
Even the process sometimes is archaic saving every information contact, with no doubt helps my memory to know more about the person and their background and the possibility to collaborate in the future.
Also is important to know what do you like to do and what kind of profile are you. I’m a Connector (Read The Tipping Point) ’cause I have a notion about the variety of persons I stay in touch in my network. Also I love to met new people and to know more about new context and backgrounds. So ask yourself what kind of profile are you and what do you like.
Hope this suggestion are useful.
Thanks everyone that help us in this visit. Special thanks to Mack, Cobos and Juan Carlo’s family.