Highly recommended read: Atomic habits

Hello everybody.

Before I wrote about habits and how to change bad: ones. Often I got recommendation to read James Clears book:

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones.

James writes very clearly how to be better everyday by 1% , so clearly I was interested.

Also, the line that struck me most is: you don’t need goal setting, focus on system instead.
How to make a new habit or replace bad one? Our habits follow pattern of cue- craving- respond- reward. So called the 4 laws that James Clear wrote to establish new habit.
1. Make it obvious: put what (behavior/habit), when and where on your calendar. You need to write it down, otherwise it won’t happen.
For example: I will workout on Monday (DAY) at 7. 30 (TIME) in gym (PLACE).
Later you can try habit stacking. After current habit, you will NEW HABIT.
Example: After my cup of coffee, I will meditate.
James advises that you need to prepare your environment for success. Have dedicated area for special task. One area= one task. Which is hard if you live in a small flat, but have parts of your flat for different tasks. I have heard that some authors have specific places to write. In a living room they write one type of book and in home office other type of book.

2. Make it attractive: Pair an action you want to do with an action you need to do. For example, after writing this blog post, I can be on social media. It’s like having cookie after good workout. This is reward system.
Extra advice is: Join community you want to be part of with your new habits (James wrote: Join a culture where your desired behavior is the normal behavior) and prepare your environment. You’re five people you’re surrounded with, remember?

3. Make it easy: Or K. I. S. S. Don’t start big and scary with new habits. Rather start small and something that can be done in 2 minutes. Everybody can endure 2 minutes of new and unpleasant feelings to have new habit.

4. Make it satisfying: give yourself reward after completing the habit. Try to keep a habit tracker and remember golden rule of habits: Never miss twice.

Overall, James Clear wrote cohesive book with successful tools to implement new habit. His view of goals, system and habits is unique. I enjoyed on creating new habits, mostly because I am more focused on goals. I’ll try to implement of some of his tools to stack good habits and be more focused on system.

Have you read this book? What do you think about it? Will you change some of your habits?



Med Angels Again Partners With Techne Summit Dubrovnik for the event’s First Virtual Edition

The Mediterranean Business Angel Investment Network, the only angel network focused on bringing together investors and startups from around the Mediterranean, both North and South, is again partnering with Techne Summit Dubrovnik, the leading innovation event in Croatia. 

Techne Summit, is supported by their excellencies, the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mr. Mato Franković, and the Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Mr. Nikola DOBROSLAVIĆ, and is at its 3rd edition. The event will take place from 12-14 of June, for the first time virtually in response to the COVID19 action plans. Med Angels and Techne are both working to strengthen startup ecosystems and increase deal flow by bringing together investors and startups from over 30 countries.

Techne Summit Dubrovnik will have 5 tracks: Fintech, Healthtech and Marketing and Media, Startup Academy and an Investors’ bootcamp. Over 50 speakers will be debating the future of innovation and business in the Med region. The full agenda is accessible here: https://dbv.technesummit.com/agenda 

The event will also host a startup World Cup competition, where the winners will receive a prize of 1,000,000 USD. The results will be announced on June 14th. 

Startups can also showcase virtually, get virtually mentored 1 on 1 by one of the international experts associated with the Techne network, and can target future prospects via a Techne AI powered Matchmaking Tool.

Leading investors will be connected representing over over 45 investment funds and networks from over 20 countries from all across Europe, the Middle East and North and West Africa, and the US:

  1. 17 Ventures
  2. 37 angels 
  3. ABAN Angels
  4. AEBAN
  5. Ajyal capital
  6. African Business Angel Network
  7. Alexandria Business Angels
  8. Angel Capital Association 
  9. ANIMA Investment Network
  10. Beyond Capital
  11. Business Angels Association of Turkey (TBAA)
  12. Business Angels Network Catalunya (BANC)
  13. Business Angels Malta
  14. Business Angels of Slovenia
  15. Carthage Business Angels
  16. Croatian Business Angels
  17. EBAN
  18. Endeavor Greece
  19. Fil Rouge Capital
  20. Hellenic Business Angels
  21. HIVOS Impact Investment
  22. Hoxton Ventures
  23. IESE Business Angels
  24. IM Capital
  25. Invicta Angels
  26. Italian Angels for Growth
  27. Med Angels
  28. Montenegrin Business Angels Network (MEBAN)
  29. Mobility Ventures
  30. Moroccan Business Angels Network (MoBAN)
  31. Nextech Ventures
  32. Nuwa Capital
  33. Outlierz Ventures
  34. Rainmaker, Inc
  35. Red Angels
  36. RedStart Tunisia
  37. Riyad Capital
  38. Seedstars
  39. Sofia Business Angels
  40. Startup Grind Warsaw
  41. TBAA Turkish Business Angels Association
  42. Tech Coast Angels
  43. The Fintech Community of Israel
  44. The Next Women Tunisie
  45. Tiye Angels
  46. UGFS North Africa
  47. VC4A
  48. VentureWell
  49. World Business Angel Investment Forum

Investors and business angels have the chance to sign up to the investor bootcamp, which includes 2 unique Masterclasses. One masterclass is run by serial entrepreneur Angela Lee, founder of 37 Angels, Chief Innovation Officer at Columbia Business School and TED speaker. Another is run by John Harbison, Chairman Emeritus of Tech Coast Angels. Investors can register for the Investors bootcamp here: https://dbv.technesummit.com/master-class

To secure your place at Techne, sign up now: https://dbv.technesummit.com/#tickets

Don’t be like a deer in headlights- here are some tricks for acing online presentation

Hello and welcome back to my blog.
Last Thursday, I attended a webinar held by IPMA Young Crew Croatia and guest speaker was Tea Zavacki. The topic of the webinar was Communication in front of the camera and Tea gave so many useful tips.

1.) Know your audience: What do they need?
What you know what your audience needs you can prepare your Power Point presentation using 4MAT structure

structuring your key message


Your presentation needs to answer to the 4 questions:
Why?Why is this important?
What? What your audience needs to know?
How? How will your product help them?
What if? What if your client is not satisfied with a product, what will you do? You can use it also for the conclusion of your presentation.

2.) Nonverbal communication

Since we communicate non verbally for 55% of the time, pay close attention to your body, gestures and ticks.
Have an open body language: chest out, posture straight, shoulders rolled back. Chin is parallel with the floor.
Feel free to use your hands for communication but don’t cover your face.
Try to at least one sentence say looking straight into the camera.
A preference of mine is also not to have anything between and camera and I like to get close to the camera.
Tea also advises for virtual background if you don’t have super professional background.

3.) Stage fright

Okay, we are not used to to look into the camera. It can be scary and we are afraid of not being accepted by our group.
Stage fright is showing up in the first three minutes of presentation so start your presentation with questions (IE. how are you?) and develop discussion, not your monologue.
You need to prepare yourself (practice at home) and presentation, try to see possible risks and what will you do to avoid them or minimize them.
Last advice you are not going to like it: PRACTICE & FEEDBACK.

Bonus tip: Dance for 3 minutes before online presentation.

I hope this is helpful for you and I’d like to recommend you a blog post about successful public speaking.
Tell me what advice is most useful to you in the comment section.