Question: What's one great way entrepreneurs can exchange knowledge with one another (e.g. workshops, meetups, etc.)?
Build Relationships With Other Entrepreneurs
"Technology is a great tool to connect with other entrepreneurs and learn from each other, build communities and exchange ideas. I personally like Shapr, which is an app that matches you with other entrepreneurs and sees if you would like to meet up for coffee or get to know each other and build a professional relationship."
"Honestly, the best way to exchange information with a colleague is simple conversation. Join an industry community. Touch base with someone you follow on social media to ask for advice. Reach out to someone you think would be interesting to speak with. Communication is something you need to practice as an entrepreneur, regardless. You may as well learn something while doing so."
Join a Mastermind Group
"One of the fastest ways you can learn from other like-minded leaders is to create a small group where you can talk on a regular basis. This provides insight and several other points of view while giving you accountability because you know you'll have to report back every few weeks."
Hold Breakfast Meetings
"I have found that breakfast meetings are a great way to exchange knowledge. I prefer meeting for breakfast because it's early in the morning and we can sit and discuss ideas without our phones going off every 30 seconds."
Have a Giving Attitude
"Successful entrepreneurs aren't threatened. They believe there are plenty of fish in the sea for everyone. It's easy to tell when someone is a giver versus a taker. Be a giver! Givers will receive, and more importantly, build valuable relationships as trust grows. Speak to your competition and learn from each other. Look for ways to help each other."
Be Ready to Listen
"What works the best for me is to meet as a small group (2-5 people) of fellow entrepreneurs for a lunch, coffee or beer, and talk about anything with no particular agenda. Be ready to listen to the others' wins and challenges. We have the same mindset, and even if we start talking about football, we usually end up discussing business and share our experiences."