Knowing people

Carlos Perez wrote:

How do you do it? I noticed that you had over 400 linked in contacts. That's pretty impressive considering that you 'just got out of the boat' and are still in grad. school. What's your secret?
How do I do it? One person at a time. I go to events that I find interesting, and happen to meet lots of people with whom I want to keep in touch and whom I want to help. I smile. I'm enthusiastic about life. This is probably the key thing that draws people to me and which makes it easier for people to talk to me, as I'm often shy about starting conversations myself! I'm interested in other people. I make it easy for people to get to know me, too. Is that a secret? Not really... Isn't that something everyone can do?

I've met all sorts of wonderful people. I think *that's* the secret to having lots of contacts on LinkedIn or elsewhere! Share *stories* with people, not just business cards, and you'll see how wonderful they are. Become part of people's lives and let them become part of yours. I wish I had a million lives so that I could get to know all these people better. If you can figure that out, you'd be set.

I've been a little quiet in both the Toronto and Manila tech scenes, preoccupied with my thesis and with other matters. I've started from scratch before, though, so I know that when I choose to return, I'll be able to.

I don't really have a big network, and I'm not collecting names. I just want to collect experiences and wonderful people... and that's not hard at all!

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