Everything in this world (family, love and relationships, friends, business, etc) even life itself is about giving value. After a lot of thought and some courses I took last month I came to this conclusion as an important part of my life’s philosophy.
The mindset I’ve found very valuable is the following: «Who can I meet in this room that I can help?»
This is taught to the Thiel Fellowship members by master networker Michael Ellsberg.
I’m pretty clear about the ways I can and can’t help. I don’t know anything about architecture for example so I’d be damaging people if I try to help them on this subject. But I know a lot about IT, digital marketing, business and punk rock music.
So a little formula to apply in everyday life with just about anyone is chit chat for a little while, get the rapport going and then find out what the other person is up to – what is important to them? And then direct the conversation in a way which you can add value maybe even offering your help.
A different approach which has proven me a lot of value lately is the Tim Ferris networking formula.
So if anyone is up for coffee in Mérida or a Skype session I’m in to talk about anything.