“Can you meet for coffee?”
These words may be the most heard words by many entrepreneurs and creative professionals. The coffee meeting seems to be the go-to scenario for impromptu and informal information sharing. However, too often, people do them wrong. Len Kendall shares his tidbits of advice:
- Coffee meetings aren’t blind dates so buy your own coffee.
- Spend two minute Googling each other so you can come prepared with questions for the other person.
- Don’t have coffee out of obligation because your head and heart won’t be into the conversation. At the very least, use it as an opportunity to learn from somebody.
- Set expectations at the beginning of the meeting and provide the other person with 1 or 2 steps you are going to take to avoid an awkward ending.