Not that size and / or stats is everything, but the FeedBurner stat counter has been stuck at 199 or so for the last couple of days. I think they are toying with me.
Or maybe there really are only 199 people out there that want to hear about Enterprise, Technology and have some relation to Ireland.
It’s a co-incidence of timing , but a reminder that there are many more meetups than just Barcamp (Dublin Event is on this Saturday).
Plato North West (Louth – Newry and Mourne) launched last night – thanks to Coca-Cola concentrates in Drogheda for hosting.
Plato is a self help group for small business owners. (‘Hello , my name is Paul and I’m self-employed’). All the people involved are looking to grow their business. What Plato offers includes:
- A support group of other people in similar situations that will meet regularly over the next months.
- Networking opportunties , both within the group, cross border , and with other Plato groups (e.g Dublin, Cork and South East).
- Clusters of companies in related sectors that would benefit from linking.
- A struture to plan business expansion and a peer review to ensure you execute the plan.
Most of the details of the meetings are confidential , but I’m (happily) surprised at the cross section of companies involved. External companies can be invited in by consensus of the group.
Related posts: How to network , people not computers.
This an in progress draft of ‘Financial knowledge capture using Rules , Workflow, Search and Enterprise Web 2.0‘, complimenting the Red-Piranha Open Software project.
Chapter 1 – Introduction – notes
Chapter 2 – Problem Domain – good draft
Chapter 3 – Red – Piranha Framework – good draft
Chapter 4 – Technical Overview – draft [new]
Chapter 5 – Financial Workflow – draft [new]
Chapter 6 – Financial Calculator and Business Rules – draft [new]
Chapter 7 – Adaptive Search – good draft [new]
Chapter 8 – Future Work and Conclusion – notes
Chapter 9 – Appendices – notes
If you’re blogging, you’re interested in meeting people. Partly on a genuine personal level, partly on a mercenary ‘you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours’.
Nothing wrong with that – it’s no good being the best at what you do if nobody knows about it. This list from Tricia Murphy’s Website (articles – no blog) shows how to network without feeling like a politician. I’d disagree with number 3, but the rest seem common sense.
|1.||Keep in mind that networking is about being genuine and building trustful and mutually beneficial relationships.|
|2.||Tell people how they can help you, if they don’t know, they can’t help!|
|3.||Send handwritten thank you notes, in an electronic world it makes a great impression!!|
|4.||Keep people in the loop – let your sources hear how they have been of help FROM you!!|
|5.||Stay in touch when you need nothing from the other person.|
|6.||Ask someone you know to introduce you to someone you particularly want to meet.|
|7.||Lead by example – pass on information, introduce people and be known as the connector, a valuable place in any network.|
|8.||Keep an open mind when meeting new people – you never know who you need to meet until you have met them!|
|9.||Be involved – be seen on the scene.|
|10.||Nurture your network it will nurture you!!|
Thanks to Tom for the (indirect) link to this via the Events Day conference.