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Where Am I?

Oh man, what a whirlwind month it has been.

I’ve been posting my writings a bit out of order, so you may be a bit confused as to where I’m at – literally and project-wise – so here’s the scoop.

After leaving Argentina I had quite the adventure when I took a 72-hour bus ride from Buenos Aires up to Lima. This ended up leaving such a big impression that I published my thoughts from along the way in a three piece series.

I had intended to shuffle on over to Bogota next, spending a few days there before flying up to Florida, but there was a badly-timed (for me, anyway) transportation strike in Peru while I was there and though I was hoping to have the opportunity to bribe some kind of official while in South America, because to the violence that can sometimes occur during this kind of strike in Peru I opted instead to wait it out and, when that didn’t work, just fly directly from Lima to Florida.

Why Florida? My sister lives in Florida! I had a great time visiting her and spending a few days living in the comfort of a retirement community (seriously) and enjoying her company and that of my parents (who flew down from Missouri for the occasion).

Next I mosied over to Los Angeles to visit with some friends and clients. I didn’t get to see everyone I wanted to see, but I had a great time with those I was able to meet up with.

With only a few days left in LA I ended up getting a call that changed my plans completely and resulted in my flying out to New York for a week, a decision that was a bit pricey but DEFINITELY worth it. I’ll be posting something more thorough about this soon so I’ll spare you the details at the moment, but I will say this: I met Seth Godin while there. *cue chorus of angeles*

After a freezing but excellent time in NYC, I flew back to LA for a few more days where I stayed with a good friend from college who is about to undertake his own Exile (and met a gal who is taking a WOOFFING approach to the Exile model, which looks to be pretty dang cool) and then hopped a flight down to Melbourne, Australia where I am now.

Whew.

In a few days I’ll be leaving Oz for New Zealand, and I’m super-psyched to get the next leg of my Exile Lifestyle up and running!

What Now?

I have a laundry list of things I’m looking to get done in the very near-future, and here are a few of them.

  • I’m going to be doing a fairly sizable update to the site. I’ll be adding more interaction between the main Exile Lifestyle page and Hard Is Easy, my tumblelog where I post photos, videos, and anything else that doesn’t fit perfectly here. I’m striving to keep the minimalistic look-and-feel intact, so I’ve got some work ahead of me!
  • I’ll be posting more video content and integrating that into the main site, as well. I’ve had many requests for this kind of thing (not least from my volunteer marketing consultant, Lis, who has been sending me all kinds of good ideas for EL, this being one of them).
  • I’m looking into getting some t-shirts made, some with just the Exile Lifestyle logo and some with illustrations I’ve done for the site. The hard part here is finding a service I like…CafePress and its ilk don’t have the shirt quality I’m looking for, and one of the rules for this site is that I’ll never sell or promote anything I wouldn’t use myself, so if you know of a company that has really solid print quality and a fulfillment service (and will print on American Apparel shirts or something similar), then drop me a line. I’ve had several requests, and honestly, I’d love to get a few for myself!
  • In March, I’m going to be writing a new blog post every day for the whole month. That’s 31 posts in 31 days, folks, and my fingers already hurt from all the typing.
  • Speaking of writing, I’d love to get more guest posts out into the ether. I’ve written quite a few recently and have gotten a great response from them, so I’d love to provide you with some great content in exchange for a conversation with your audience. Drop me a line here if you’re down like Chinatown.
  • Oh oh oh! When I get to New Zealand, I’ll be asking for suggestions on which country I should move to after New Zealand. I’ll take the first 8 countries, put them on a poll, and then let my readers submit their votes for the next month (the month of March…oh what a month it will be!).
  • A handful of other things, but this list is already getting kind of long, and I don’t want to drown you in details.

On Networking

I get a lot of emails from readers asking about certain aspects of the Exile Lifestyle project, and one subject that I’ve been asked a lot about lately is networking.

How is it that I’m able to meet new business connections while traveling all around, seeming not to do any work at all?

It’s funny, because until I started answering these kinds of questions I didn’t realize how strange my approach to networking is. The way I do it just comes naturally to me, but it works incredibly well and I’ve begun to tell others a bit more about how I do what I do.

After a dozen-or-so really long email responses I decided that I would write an eBook on the subject. I would go through my philosophies on networking, strategies and tips that I’ve found to work for me, and all kinds of other information that should turn any social-serf into relationship-royalty.

This is where you come in.

I know all about how I approach networking, but I want to hear more about how you do it.

What’s your approach? Do you subscribe to business-book wisdom, or just wing it? Where do you meet potential clients or customers? How do you dress? Who do you take with you (if anyone)?

Any horror stories? Tales of epic success? Old wives’ tales that will educate and entertain?

I’m looking for contributors for the eBook, and I want to get you, my readers, involved.

I’m often told by other bloggers that they’re thrilled to get a link to their site from this one because my readers are super-smart and communicative.

It’s true! And I want to harvest that intensity and share it with the world! So if you get the chance, package up some of your networking wisdom and send it my way via email or using this form.

Feel free to get a conversation going in the comment section, as well. Networking is something that a lot of people have trouble with, so if you have a question, why not post it there? Hell, just by posting you’re engaging in a type of networking, so it’s basically work (whether or not those hours are billable is debatable, however).

Thanks for taking the time, and I look forward to hearing from you!

57 comments

  1. I network by being quirky and bold mostly. I go to restaurants and bars at times that usually have lots of middle aged business people who will be interested by my unusually mobile form of business marketing. I also email every new blogger that I read and find a connection with, this helps me build relationships with bloggers which is very important since growing your circle of like minded “friends” helps me with my own growth.

    I have a goal “meet two new people a day” and I try to do this every day, sometimes if it is nearing the end of the night I just gulp and walk up to someone at a coffee house and introduce myself.

    Your adventures are awesome, love how they just keep getting better!

  2. I network by being quirky and bold mostly. I go to restaurants and bars at times that usually have lots of middle aged business people who will be interested by my unusually mobile form of business marketing. I also email every new blogger that I read and find a connection with, this helps me build relationships with bloggers which is very important since growing your circle of like minded “friends” helps me with my own growth.

    I have a goal “meet two new people a day” and I try to do this every day, sometimes if it is nearing the end of the night I just gulp and walk up to someone at a coffee house and introduce myself.

    Your adventures are awesome, love how they just keep getting better!

  3. I network by being quirky and bold mostly. I go to restaurants and bars at times that usually have lots of middle aged business people who will be interested by my unusually mobile form of business marketing. I also email every new blogger that I read and find a connection with, this helps me build relationships with bloggers which is very important since growing your circle of like minded “friends” helps me with my own growth.

    I have a goal “meet two new people a day” and I try to do this every day, sometimes if it is nearing the end of the night I just gulp and walk up to someone at a coffee house and introduce myself.

    Your adventures are awesome, love how they just keep getting better!

  4. I network by being quirky and bold mostly. I go to restaurants and bars at times that usually have lots of middle aged business people who will be interested by my unusually mobile form of business marketing. I also email every new blogger that I read and find a connection with, this helps me build relationships with bloggers which is very important since growing your circle of like minded “friends” helps me with my own growth.

    I have a goal “meet two new people a day” and I try to do this every day, sometimes if it is nearing the end of the night I just gulp and walk up to someone at a coffee house and introduce myself.

    Your adventures are awesome, love how they just keep getting better!

  5. Woah.. that’s quite the run around you just had.

    I’m an aspiring blogger, and I’d love to do a post, now I just have to figure out what to write about…

    I’ll drop you a line when I have a few ideas…

  6. Woah.. that’s quite the run around you just had.

    I’m an aspiring blogger, and I’d love to do a post, now I just have to figure out what to write about…

    I’ll drop you a line when I have a few ideas…

  7. Woah.. that’s quite the run around you just had.

    I’m an aspiring blogger, and I’d love to do a post, now I just have to figure out what to write about…

    I’ll drop you a line when I have a few ideas…

  8. Woah.. that’s quite the run around you just had.

    I’m an aspiring blogger, and I’d love to do a post, now I just have to figure out what to write about…

    I’ll drop you a line when I have a few ideas…

  9. Hey Colin…

    Can’t wait for the site redesign. I look forward to it.

    I’d love to see a guest post from you on Drop of Change… if you’re interested.

  10. Hey Colin…

    Can’t wait for the site redesign. I look forward to it.

    I’d love to see a guest post from you on Drop of Change… if you’re interested.

  11. Ah, we have an intelligent bunch here. I better say something smart-sounding (*already a fail). Hi I’m the note-torious Lis in the post. I interview people in the lifestlye design arena. I hunted Colin down because he’s cool and has awesome hair. Lifestyle design needs more cool, yes or yes? Ehem, so if any of yalls have a good story shoot me an email. I’d love to share it on my blog. Got nothing but love for bloggers.

  12. Ah, we have an intelligent bunch here. I better say something smart-sounding (*already a fail). Hi I’m the note-torious Lis in the post. I interview people in the lifestlye design arena. I hunted Colin down because he’s cool and has awesome hair. Lifestyle design needs more cool, yes or yes? Ehem, so if any of yalls have a good story shoot me an email. I’d love to share it on my blog. Got nothing but love for bloggers.

  13. the coolest part is that you met Seth Godin. What!?

    have fun in Australia. I’m now in the Philippines. I need to get my blog mojo back up.. Also, thanks for guest posting for me. :D If you ever want me to return the favor let me know.

  14. the coolest part is that you met Seth Godin. What!?

    have fun in Australia. I’m now in the Philippines. I need to get my blog mojo back up.. Also, thanks for guest posting for me. :D If you ever want me to return the favor let me know.

  15. To say you have had a big month is a hell of an understatement. Heres to the next one which should prove to be even bigger!

    Now you just need to find a way to work a trip to Thailand into your busy lifestyle!

  16. To say you have had a big month is a hell of an understatement. Heres to the next one which should prove to be even bigger!

    Now you just need to find a way to work a trip to Thailand into your busy lifestyle!

  17. Wow, you will be a bit busy during the next month my friend. I’m looking forward tot he book since networking is not my strongest point.

    One thing I do know is that recommendations can lead to wonderful networking, but for that one must have something to show. I usually leave that part to my brother.

    Anyway glad to hear about all the projects and great luck to you my friend!

  18. Wow, you will be a bit busy during the next month my friend. I’m looking forward tot he book since networking is not my strongest point.

    One thing I do know is that recommendations can lead to wonderful networking, but for that one must have something to show. I usually leave that part to my brother.

    Anyway glad to hear about all the projects and great luck to you my friend!

  19. Hey Colin I read your article and saw that you were looking for suggestions for a good t-shirt printer and fulfillment company. The one that I like is http://amplifier.com/. I’m currently working on a t-shirt design/freedom business of my own and looked into their services. They look great and they email you right away; however, the only downside is you have to mail them the blank American Apparel shirts (which isn’t too bad, many companies that sell blank t-shirts for printing offer free shipping). I would have gone with Amplifier, but I did not have enough capital to put into inventory, so I went with a print on demand service, Spreadshirt.com, that I like. Hope this info helped! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  20. Hey Colin I read your article and saw that you were looking for suggestions for a good t-shirt printer and fulfillment company. The one that I like is http://amplifier.com/. I’m currently working on a t-shirt design/freedom business of my own and looked into their services. They look great and they email you right away; however, the only downside is you have to mail them the blank American Apparel shirts (which isn’t too bad, many companies that sell blank t-shirts for printing offer free shipping). I would have gone with Amplifier, but I did not have enough capital to put into inventory, so I went with a print on demand service, Spreadshirt.com, that I like. Hope this info helped! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  21. Wow Colin! You are really living up to the billing, and that’s great to see. Saw the pic of you with Seth on Hard is Easy. Nice one. How’d you swing that?

    I hope you are moving to the South Island, and Queenstown in particular. That’s where all the action is, and I imagine that it is a great place to write because of its natural beauty and outdoor wonder. Unfortunately, when I was there I wasn’t writing the way I am now, so I wasn’t able to take advantage.

    I recommend flying to Auckland, renting a car (they’re cheap) and driving down to Queenstown. It won’t take you that long … a few days … and it will change your life. On the way you can check out Lake Taupo, Wellington, place starting with a K (forgot the name), Fox Glacier, and of course the Milford Sound is not to be missed. Sometimes I wonder if they even needed color correction while editing the Lord of the Rings (filmed there).

    As for networking, I always relied on my instincts, and winged it, somehow I’ve been able to turn up at the right place at the right time. Am better at one-to-ne face time. Since starting the blog have been doing the social media thing, but it seems to impersonal, and therefore been a bit more difficult than I anticipated. Would love to hear your thoughts on the subject. And I like where you’re going with Hard is Easy.

  22. Wow Colin! You are really living up to the billing, and that’s great to see. Saw the pic of you with Seth on Hard is Easy. Nice one. How’d you swing that?

    I hope you are moving to the South Island, and Queenstown in particular. That’s where all the action is, and I imagine that it is a great place to write because of its natural beauty and outdoor wonder. Unfortunately, when I was there I wasn’t writing the way I am now, so I wasn’t able to take advantage.

    I recommend flying to Auckland, renting a car (they’re cheap) and driving down to Queenstown. It won’t take you that long … a few days … and it will change your life. On the way you can check out Lake Taupo, Wellington, place starting with a K (forgot the name), Fox Glacier, and of course the Milford Sound is not to be missed. Sometimes I wonder if they even needed color correction while editing the Lord of the Rings (filmed there).

    As for networking, I always relied on my instincts, and winged it, somehow I’ve been able to turn up at the right place at the right time. Am better at one-to-ne face time. Since starting the blog have been doing the social media thing, but it seems to impersonal, and therefore been a bit more difficult than I anticipated. Would love to hear your thoughts on the subject. And I like where you’re going with Hard is Easy.

  23. Some busy times ahead! It will be exciting to follow, especially the 31 posts in 31 days. Your idea for an ebook sounds grand, you definitely have the expertise to write something like that. I’ll be buying it for sure, so you already have a customer.

  24. Some busy times ahead! It will be exciting to follow, especially the 31 posts in 31 days. Your idea for an ebook sounds grand, you definitely have the expertise to write something like that. I’ll be buying it for sure, so you already have a customer.

  25. RedBubble is a Melbourne-based startup that does printing on demand for a few different products – similar to cafepress, but aimed at artists wanting to distribute their work.

  26. RedBubble is a Melbourne-based startup that does printing on demand for a few different products – similar to cafepress, but aimed at artists wanting to distribute their work.

  27. You made me tired just thinking about all that…but now I’m even more grateful that you took the time to meet and hang out with me and Andrew. This ‘gal’ says thanks!

    Can’t wait to read the new book about networking, I’m sure it will be great. I mostly just wing it when it comes to networking and I always follow up.

  28. You made me tired just thinking about all that…but now I’m even more grateful that you took the time to meet and hang out with me and Andrew. This ‘gal’ says thanks!

    Can’t wait to read the new book about networking, I’m sure it will be great. I mostly just wing it when it comes to networking and I always follow up.

  29. Excellent post Colin. Thanks for the mention! Glad you were able to hang out in LA for a bit. Look forward to crashing at your place in the near future.

    Best of luck,

    Also I second your little sisters idea of Iceland I’ve heard its an amazing place. Maybe I’ll beat you there.

  30. Excellent post Colin. Thanks for the mention! Glad you were able to hang out in LA for a bit. Look forward to crashing at your place in the near future.

    Best of luck,

    Also I second your little sisters idea of Iceland I’ve heard its an amazing place. Maybe I’ll beat you there.

  31. What about visiting Poland? Most people find it more interesting than they thought before coming ;)

  32. What about visiting Poland? Most people find it more interesting than they thought before coming ;)

  33. If networking is finding people who can benefit you or your business, then all it takes is a willing personality. Even if you’re terrible at social interactions there will be people open to listen. And the ones who keep their ears shut to you probably aren’t the ones you would want to be networking with anyway.

  34. If networking is finding people who can benefit you or your business, then all it takes is a willing personality. Even if you’re terrible at social interactions there will be people open to listen. And the ones who keep their ears shut to you probably aren’t the ones you would want to be networking with anyway.

  35. Colin, you rock. This place gives me a feeling of relaxation and your stories are always entertaining and unique. Can’t wait for you to post new stories!

    I’ll see if I can think of something to help your eBook and will get back to you. Enjoy your traveling!

  36. Colin, you rock. This place gives me a feeling of relaxation and your stories are always entertaining and unique. Can’t wait for you to post new stories!

    I’ll see if I can think of something to help your eBook and will get back to you. Enjoy your traveling!

  37. Wow, you make me tired just reading about all the stuff you’ve done and are planning on doing. I’m really looking forward to the networking ebook (have you read “Never Eat Alone”) and since I just finished my own 31 Day writing challenge, let me say that you will be so proud once you finish your own 31 Day challenge in March. Looking forward to seeing what you have to say.

    Good luck on your continued travels.

    Karen

  38. Wow, you make me tired just reading about all the stuff you’ve done and are planning on doing. I’m really looking forward to the networking ebook (have you read “Never Eat Alone”) and since I just finished my own 31 Day writing challenge, let me say that you will be so proud once you finish your own 31 Day challenge in March. Looking forward to seeing what you have to say.

    Good luck on your continued travels.

    Karen

  39. Wow. That trip makes me tired just thinking about it. I hope you enjoy living in and exploring New Zealand. I loved it so much I’m going to move back there in a few months. Looking forward to the ebook!

  40. Wow. That trip makes me tired just thinking about it. I hope you enjoy living in and exploring New Zealand. I loved it so much I’m going to move back there in a few months. Looking forward to the ebook!

  41. Networking…. It’s not about me. First, what is the other person about? Second, what/who do I know that could help them? Third, build on the first two – real connections don’t happen with the exchange of cards or a single conversation. You need a pattern of interaction. If the above steps are difficult, then they probably aren’t a match worth investing a whole lot in. Move on. The best connections are real, and stick around. The next best are those that at least you build enough with that when you contact them three months later, they remember you. Otherwise, what good is the whole thing?

  42. Networking…. It’s not about me. First, what is the other person about? Second, what/who do I know that could help them? Third, build on the first two – real connections don’t happen with the exchange of cards or a single conversation. You need a pattern of interaction. If the above steps are difficult, then they probably aren’t a match worth investing a whole lot in. Move on. The best connections are real, and stick around. The next best are those that at least you build enough with that when you contact them three months later, they remember you. Otherwise, what good is the whole thing?

  43. on networking, fashion is some kind of uniform, it’s some kind of an entrance ticket, but it’s only the initial. It’s the soul that count. authenticity equals attractiveness. Sometimes people with bold personality don’t even need that certain uniform or entrance ticket.

    I think people nowadays are bored with similarity. Good thing, everybody is made to be different if only they have the courage to do so.
    Networking just needs a lot of courage to be a true you

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