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Networking for Mentors

by Larry Chiang on July 22, 2014

By Larry Chiang 
cc Ramit Sethi
cc Ramit Sethi’s mentee “Skyrocket Your Productivity”
I’ve a bunch of articles on “Mentorship” (my #Ch5) in GigaOm and VentureBeat and TC

Larry Chiang (@LarryChiang)
The Quick Guide to Surrounding Yourself with Successful People:…

To find a mentor of your own:

  1. Find three people that you would like to be mentored by. Pick three people that are one or two levels above you (this can mean in business, playing tennis, nutrition, communication… don’t limit yourself).
  2. Look for advice from these people. Read their blog posts, books, etc.
  3. Implement the advice
  4. Close the loop with them
  5. After you do this for a while, you can start sending them some specific questions and perhaps even ask them for a short Skype call / lunch.
  6. When you do get to talk to your mentor, don’t waste their time by being unprepared. Prepare good questions (you can use the system from chapter on connecting with VIPs) and they’ll be happy to keep the relationship going.
Here is me “closing the loop” at SXSW:

Here is me “closing the loop” at TechCrunch

Here is me “closing the loop” at Stanford Engineering
And closing the loop with Geoffrey Moore 

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