“Don’t dismiss people, don’t be a dick, and don’t rush. Play the long game.”
– Tim Ferriss
Welcome to a special edition of The Tim Ferriss Show. Back in 2007, I experienced a massive tipping point for The 4-Hour Workweek at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference held in Austin, Texas. Two or three days played a key role in the book becoming a worldwide bestseller in 40+ languages.
So what exactly happened at the event? How did I optimize those 2-3 days?
The below audio is a presentation I recently gave about a better, more effective way to network. My suggestions might surprise you or seem counterintuitive–the best way to build a world-class network quickly is to spend very little time networking, at least not in the “ugh, gross” sleazy sense of the word.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- How SXSW played a role in the success of The 4-Hour Workweek
- How you can “stack the deck” for your own product launches
- Simple biohacks for handling booze overload and sleep deprivation
- Why it’s so important to meet people in person to build your network
- The most common mistakes people make when attempting to “network”
- How to interact with A-listers (or opt not to)
- How to enjoy the ride and not end up exhausted with a pocket full of business cards that do nothing
- And much, much more…
If you are able to apply a few lessons from this talk, you may find that you never have to network again.
There is a better way.
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Scroll below for links and show notes…
Selected Links from the Episode
- Hangovers at important events [7:20]
- The three core tenants of successful networking [11:45]
- Don’t make an impression, leave a memento [17:00]
- Why ignorance can be bliss [18:33]
- How to pitch “A-listers” [24:44]
- How to pick people out of a crowd [28:00]
- What to ask instead of, “What do you do?” [30:00]
- How to escape conversations [31:10]
- How to play the long game [34:35]
- Can you have too many mini-retirements? [36:40]
- If you were launching a new company with only $1,000, what would you start? [37:30]
- Do you meditate or do yoga? [38:45]
- How do you find good events and parties? [39:35]
- Now that you’re a big deal, what are your goals at SxSW [40:35]
- What thought leaders do you follow? [41:10]
- How do you stay focused? [41:45]
- What part of your 4-hour workweek do you personally find hardest to follow? [42:50]
- How do you want people to remember you? [43:45]
- What tricks do you use for retaining info? [44:25]
- Where is the best place in the world, besides Austin? [46:00]
- What are you most excited about for this year’s SxSW? [47:00]
- Have you tried polyphasic sleep? Does it work? [47:40]
- What’s the most memorable “thank you” note that you’ve received? [48:35]
- Are you recording a podcast while you’re at SxSW [49:40]
- What animal best describes you? [50:00]
- I have a 9-5 job. Can The 4-Hour Workweek actually transform my life? [50:30]
- What are the 3-4 best bodyweight exercises for business travelers? [51:25]
- What’s the best way to respond to, “Do you have a business card?” when you don’t have one [52:50]
- What do most entrepreneurs do wrong? [53:25]
- What is the most memorable memento you have received? [54:10]
- Advice for introverts [55:25]
- What are some of the biggest lessons learned from starting your podcast? [56:00]
- What are some tips on executing on all the great ideas gathered? [57:25]
- What questions do you use for reflection and why? [58:30]
The NorCal Margarita
Here is a recipe for an excellent cocktail. With this you can reach an appropriate level of intoxication while avoiding the hangover the day after.
- 2 shots of high-grade tequila
- Club soda
- As much lime as possible
Posted on: August 26, 2015.
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