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In response to Lyle's last sentence: "My fear is that when used during ideation the techniques taught at LSM and echoed by Lean Startup advocates are steering some entrepreneurs away from ideas that might have the potential to lead them on a path to building the next great company of our time." I would simply say that Lean principles probably would far more often steer entrepreneurs to the right path than the wrong path. I do agree that it's not a perfect science and that customer development might cause you to "pivot" away from a potentially great opportunity, however I would rather pursue a product that people say they want than one that people say they don't want.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Is “Lean Startup” right for your idea?
@acavoulacos @Elliott B Spot on. It also gives you the opportunity to chat with people and get to know them in a less chaotic environment then when everyone has arrived.
6 months, 1 week ago on The Secrets of Networking: Advice From Cathie Black
Great overview, thanks! Point 1 seems to be commonly overlooked. Dig your well before you're thirsty because building relationships takes a long time. Don't be the guy/girl who only reaches out when they need something.
Definitely agree with point #2. Remember people are at an event for the purpose of meeting people like you. Presuming you are a good person they will actually be eager to meet you. If not, like you say, forget them.
6 months, 1 week ago on 4 Hacks for Your Next Networking Event
Definitely agree with point number 2. Listening helps you get to know someone better so you can find ways to help them or work with them, and helps you stand out from the crowd of people who are always talking and never listening. People really appreciate it when you take time to listen.
6 months, 1 week ago on 6 Ways to Upgrade Your Networking Skills
Couldn't agree more! I think it's one of the most overlooked benefits of building a strong professional network. Getting advice and information can be invaluable for professional development or growing a business.
6 months, 1 week ago on How Your Network Can Help You Be Better at Your Job
Batching Laundry: I own over 20 pairs of boxers (the item most necessary to wash) so I can go about three weeks without doing laundry then batch it all. It's a small investment that saves money over time through reduced total laundry spend.
1 year, 4 months ago on Fundamentals of Less Doing: Batching
I think there are a lot of potentially great uses for the reputation/interest/social graph and Influenster seems like one of them. I agree that Klout is under-delivering a purpose or genuine benefits and I like that users are compensated. It will be interesting to see how it works for their customers.
1 year, 4 months ago on Influenster leaves stealth mode with 200K users
Great post, thanks Carol. Here are some other tips for introverts:
Listen. People love to talk about themselves. And nobody listens. Ask open ended questions. It will also help you to understand the person and ultimately help him/her.
Be authentic. If you're not an extrovert, don't try to be. Be yourself. It's one of the most admirable traits one can have.
Talk about what you're passionate about. It's much easier to talk about stuff you love. And people enjoy listening to people talk about stuff they love.
Call a friend or family member before going to an event just to chat and get yourself in a chatty mood.
Blog. Get your thoughts out via your blog. People that read your blog will also understand your personality more when they meet you...which develops rapport and streamlines the relationships. Read other people's blog and twitter feed prior to meeting them to get to know them better too. There are of course many other benefits to blogging as well.
Just do it. Stop thinking and just be social. Focus on the many benefits of meeting people and be confident in yourself.
1 year, 5 months ago on Networking for Introverts