I just worked out why Silicon Valley is the greatest place on earth to be a technology company.
So the travelinggeeks (or travellinggeeks) depending on which country you are from and whether you can spell have been in the UK and it looks like they have had the kind of week that almost any sane person would dread. 11 hour flight into hot, sticky, UK, 8 hour time difference = exhausted before you start and then into full on party, meet, greet, hello, hello, goodbye, say something on stage, meet, hello, goodbye, party, hello, say something relentlessness that just goes on and on and on. And on. And everyone wants a piece of them at the endless series of events, corporate events, entrepreneur events, public sector events etc etc.
They must be exhausted.
I saw them in Cambridge today and whilst the round table was a little short on insight for anyone that has spent any time reading, listening or talking about social media one thing just blew me away about them. Every single one of them networked their way round the room better than anyone I have ever seen. Simply awesome.
When they walked into the room, they smiled at people, they actively engaged, they were friendly, they listened to people, they held out their hands to shake. They sat down in their chairs, introduced themselves to the people they were sitting next to, the people behind them, asked them what they did. They made people feel important, welcome, wanted, interesting, special, interesting. They included people in conversations – seamlessly and effortlessly.
If that is the norm in Silicon Valley, it is no wonder it is the most networked place and the centre (center) of the world’s innovation and technology. It makes us look like stuck up amateurs in the UK (errrm…)
A funny thing happened as a result. People talked, other people in the room talked to each other, not just the people they knew, but other people. Information was exchanged, ideas shared, people who didn’t know what each other were up to ended up agreeing to meet. Business will happen because of it.
A great networker I have known for a long time introduced me to a banker they knew today as the ‘Networking King’. I had a moment of pride until I realised that in fact, I am in a different league to these guys (and not in a way that is necessarily good for Cambridge, London or the UK). I need to learn more from the masters and mistresses.
Thanks for my first lesson:
- Meghan Asha – @meghanasha
- Renee Blodgett – @MagicSauceMedia
- Susan Bratton – @susanbratton
- Tom Foremski – @tomforemski
- Sarah Lacy – @sarahcuda
- JD Lasica – @jdlasica
- Craig Newmark – @craignewmark
- Ayelet Noff – @blonde20
- Howard Rheingold – @hrheingold
- Jeff Saperstein – www.Creatingregionalwealth.com
- Sky Schuyler – @jimsky7
- Robert Scoble – @scobleizer
No question that Cambridge is a nicer place to live. I like living in the UK. If we can fix the networking, other good stuff will follow.