When you have to network with people to discuss an idea, a problem or a new venture, how do you decide whom to start with? Entrepreneur-Investor James Altucher suggests creating a diagram of concentric circles.
Make concentric circles. You're at the middle.
The next circle is friends and family.
The next circle is online communities.
The circle after that is meetups and coffees.
The circle after that is conferences and thought leaders.
The circle after that is mentors.
The circle after that is customers and wealth-creators.
Start making your way through the circles.
What this exercise does is that it gives you a ready template of how you should be approaching your networking. You won't suddenly start trying to meet a mentor without first having taken your idea to your family and friends, or to like-minded people in meetups.
Altucher's full post at the link below is a cool read if you are looking to make a major change in your life.
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