Monthly Archives: March 2010

Be Yourself and Take Action – The New Entrepreneur Series

In this edition of The New Entrepreneur Series, I share with you two BIG lessons that I learned the hard way. At the beginning of my journey as an entrepreneur, I lost a lot of time focusing on the wrong things and I hope this video will help you avoid being in such situation.



Why I love Twitter

For those of you that are heavy users (or at least familiar with) Twitter, probably you already know what I am talking about. However for those of you who have not yet “join the conversation” at Twitter, here I share two BIG reasons why I love Twitter and why I think is definitely a very good idea to join and get active.

Two BIG reasons why I love Twitter

1. Twitter is a remarkable resource of information and knowledge

Thanks to Twitter I have been exposed to some of the most interesting, creative, inspiring, brightest and coolest ideas and concepts. Theses are ideas that have had a great impact on me, both personally and professionally.

Every single time I open Twitter I get awesome content from most of the people I follow. Here the key is the fact that I have chosen to follow many thought leaders, successful entrepreneurs, change agents, and experts in the different areas I am interested. As a result, everyday I get new fantastic content from all the people that are sharing their knowledge and expertise through Twitter.

Additionally, the “re-tweet” or “RT” concept is a fantastic way to spread those ideas that are worth sharing. Basically every-time you find something valuable in Twitter and you would like to share it with your followers, you “re-tweet” it and you make it available to all the people connected with you. By the way, when you visit my profile, you will notice that I actually “re-tweet” a lot. The reason why is that I love sharing, and if I can help expand the reach of a great idea, I do it with pleasure.

Some time ago, a friend of mine was arguing that he already had his Google Reader full of all the blogs he is interested on reading, and that anyway he did not have time to read all that, so he did not see any point on Twitter as a source of information. Fair point, however, keeping track of only the blogs you follow, allows you to be exposed only to that particular content. Here the key word is exposure. Thanks to Twitter, I am being exposed to incredible articles, blogs, videos, etc, that otherwise, I would have never found before.

For example, Twitter introduced me to the advice and wisdom of outstanding people like:

David Meerman Scott

Chris Brogan

Lewis Howes

Gary Vaynerchuk

David Siteman Garland

Michael Bungay Stanier

and many more.

Thanks to the insights from these guys, I am currently developing new ideas and projects, plus I am making better decisions in my life and in my business. I mean … this blog is the result of the inspiration I got from all the people I have just mentioned, so I think this is a good example of what I am talking about.

2. The second reason why I love Twitter, is that not only allows to get exposed to this remarkable content, but it also allows you to interact, engage and potentially build valuable relationships with the creators of the content and with the members of Twitter that openly share it through “re-tweets” or by posting links to great websites.

It would take me a long time to write a list of all the incredible people I have not only found on Twitter, learn from and also started building a friendly relationship with them. In addition to some of the people I have mentioned before, people like Dragos Roua, Robin Dickinson, Bradley Will and David Brock are not only creating and sharing remarkable things, but also extending a friendly hand and building great relationships. I mean, I have never met them personally, but I consider these guys my friends. And all thanks to Twitter!

So, here you have them. Two big reasons why I think you should consider joining and getting active with Twitter. Ah! and by the way, if you find me there, please connect. I will love to hear from you, learn from you and … well, I hope you will get some value from me.

Introducing – The New Entrepreneur Series

Today I am starting a new series of posts focused on entrepreneurship. This is the beginning of The New Entrepreneur Series, in which I will be sharing some thoughts, tips and advice that hopefully will be valuable to all those of you who are considering taking the leap from being an employee into the exciting world of entrepreneurship.

Today we explore the difference between starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur. It is all about what is your perception and approach towards taking this new journey.


Asking, listening and taking action

In this video I share with you my views on something that David Siteman Garland from The Rise To The Top did.

He did something that unfortunately not many people do in business. He asked, he listened and, most important, he took action.


And you? are you listening to your Customers? Are you sharing great content and connecting with your audience?

My presentation at TEDx Warsaw

Here is the video of my recent TED Talk at TEDx Warsaw.

This was a remarkable event and I strongly recommend you to check out all the presentations.


Related posts:

1. The secret of the world’s greatest communicators
2. Two amazing TEDx Talks you need to watch
3. Comfort vs. Achieving your full potential
4. Life lessons from the bamboo
5. 10 remarkable TED Talks you should watch

There is a new blog in town!

Hi everybody!

This is Ivan Hernandez, and I am starting a new blog which will be separated from the Performance Improvement Blog at Improvo

Improvo’s blog will continue offering our ideas, tips and advice in all areas connected to performance improvement. However, as I had a hard time trying to fit in within Improvo’s blog my views on many other topics and areas I am very passionate about, I have decided to open a new platform where I can share with you my views, tips, advice and many crazy ideas that I believe can have a very positive impact in your life.

So, this blog will focus on five closely interrelated areas:

  • personal branding
  • career design
  • entrepreneurship
  • business development
  • social media

The cool thing is that each area alone is quite interesting and I am sure you will get great value out of each category. However, hopefully you will start putting them all together and start for example defining and developing your personal brand, designing (not planning) your career, thinking like an entrepreneur (and hopefully becoming one) and taking advantage of the fantastic tools that social media offers in order to grow your business by connecting and engaging in a close relationship with your Clients.

I have also prepared couple of surprises for you, so be ready because I am going to take you flying high (literally) in both your personal and professional lives.

So, stay tuned and join me in this new journey. I hope you will enjoy the ride. You can be sure I will.