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We leave you a collection of tips and strategies for managing productivity, emails, basic businesses and raising capital for entrepreneurs who are in the early stages of launching a business.
1. Prioritize and only do what matters. Avoid doing everything without having a strategic direction. Say no to things that don't really impact your business.
2. When everything is important, NOTHING is important. Establish a system of priority levels to give importance to each slope.
3. Reject vague goals. Clarify your goals and then take actions to achieve them.
4. Never add new earrings at the top of your list, always put them at the end. Complete what you are doing and then move on.
5. Create a calendar with hours of calls, meetings, times to send and answer emails, family time and even exercises.
6. Simply, if something is not on your calendar, then don't do it. Don't assume you're going to be busy with something unless it's on your schedule.
7. Find the necessary combination of times to know specifically how many minutes you should dedicate to different activities.
8. Review your agenda or calendar the previous Sunday of each week so that you are prepared for what you will face in the coming days.
9. Avoid getting lost in chat conversations or services like WhatsApp unless they are absolutely necessary for your work. Be respectful of your work and the time of your team.
10. Reduce meetings that are not planned. It's okay to get a group of people together to brainstorm every once in a while, but make it very clear that that's all they will do. Don't transform these meetings into long and unproductive meetings.
11. Set a time limit for all meetings. Typically, one-hour meetings are good, but 30-minute meetings tend to be more concise.
12. Be respectful of the productivity of a member of your team, that is, do not fill them with activities if you see that they are working hard on their slopes. Sometimes it happens with CEOs, they ask their people for things with great urgency when they had not mentioned it before.
13. Take time to take care of yourself. Plan breaks throughout the day to maintain your health.
14. It is highly recommended to do regular exercise. Set a specific time on your calendar to spend on physical activities.
15. Make sure you get enough sleep and watch for any signs of exhaustion.
16. It is a beast that you have to tame or it will end up dominating you.
17. Don't refresh or check if there are new messages all the time, that will kill your productivity. Set specific hours to reply and send emails of different types.
18. Learn how to use CC. Do not attach a copy of the email to people who do not need it and ask that they not add you to an email that you really do not have to be in. This particularly applies to managers who try to be aware of everything and that can be overwhelming.
19. Become a master of the art of short emails, maximum two or three paragraphs. Check how your email looks on mobile devices. If you use the scroll more than twice, then your email is too long.
20. Write honestly, try not to do “copy and paste” emails. It is better to send few but good messages than to saturate your contacts with the same email over and over again.
21. Avoid impersonal emails as much as you can. Better use your network to meet interesting people.
22. Take advantage of tools like goconspire.com and LinkedIn.
23. Give maintenance to your network of contacts in this social network.
24. Learn how to use this platform to learn about business opportunities, potential investors, build a good team, contact mentors, etc.
25. Try to investigate what the person's interests are when you know that the opportunity to meet a potential investor will be given.
26. Seeks to contact vice presidents of various companies. They are the people who make the decisions or who can send you with the contact that your business needs.
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27. Set predetermined times on your calendar to have specific meetings each week.
28. Always propose three clear times for a meeting so you don't get lost when making an appointment.
29. Arrange your schedule so you can meet even the busiest people. Be flexible.
30. Minimize the number of emails when establishing a meeting. If a person agrees to see you, then propose a schedule immediately. Don't ask them to suggest times.
31. Don't be late, it's rude and makes a terrible first impression.
32. Do not take more time than necessary in the meeting.
33. Avoid getting lost in trivial talks. It's okay to use them to break the ice, but they shouldn't be the bulk of your meeting.
34. Know the purpose of the appointment well and get straight to the point.
35. You have no way of asking for an investment, but try not to push too hard.
36. Know the person you are talking to well and what their motivations and interests are.
37. Study your interlocutor, what they like to invest in and what they don't.
38. Don't just launch proposals, also listen. Many business deals are achieved not just by talking, but by paying attention.
39. When you are showing your business idea to an investor, remember to mention the benefits of your product or service and how it is solving a problem. Don't just focus on cold numbers.
40. Always be clear about the steps to follow after a meeting: send an email, make a call, plan another meeting, collect figures and analysis, etc.
We hope you find these tips helpful. Add the advice you think is necessary for people who are starting out for the first time.