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The One Thing You Should Do After Meeting Anyone New - Forbes


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At 24-years-old, Francis Pedraza is the co-founder and CEO of a venture-backed company, Everest. In addition, he is an advisor to 10 tech companies, each of whom he does hundreds of introductions for in return for equity.

It is hard to predict how my Forbes interviews will go. Most top relationships builders are not able to articulate how they do what they do.

Francis does not fall into this camp.

If I understand this article correctly, the number one thing he does is he "segments" each new person he meets into a bucket that will make it easier for him later when he wants to facilitate introductions, invite people to events, etc.

I have a much more chaotic and laissez-faire approach: if a person does not come to mind, I do not do searches to find the person. What I'm left with is rather random but still produces some genuine connections -- and some "one and done" connections that really do not connect at all.

Adam - Yes, the core of his approach is segmenting his network after he meets people. 

The main challenge with that is... people change.

5 years in the future, either a lot of his info is out of date, or he's spent a lot of time on upkeep.

Adam - I agree, but to a certain extent. On the continuum of information that you could have on people in your network with one side of the continuum being rapidly changing and the other side being never changing, I would put the segments in the "rarely changing" category. For example, my estimate is that in 5 years, it is very likely that you will be in tech as an entrepreneur / angel investor and be passionate about relationships. 

Heh heh, fair enough.

But it would also fail to account for me picking up a new hobby in, say, space travel.

Keeping those segments up-to-date is challenging especially if we look past the first label.

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