Building Your Network With Successful Coffee Meetings

By: Patrick Laforet: Director, Strategic Talent Acquisition

Coffee can do much more than just wake you up in the morning. Networking over a couple of cafe lattes is ideal for busy schedules, so step away from your office and enjoy more face time. Consider these ideas before you schedule your next coffee meeting.

How to Ask for a Coffee Meeting

  1. Start small. If you’re apprehensive about extending invitations to cold contacts, start with those you already know. Loyal customers will appreciate the extra attention. You may be surprised by what you can learn from one of your vendors when you talk more in depth.
  2. Clarify your purpose. Busy executives are more likely to agree to 20 minutes of coffee than to a full lunch hour. However, they still want to make good use of their time. Be ready to explain why you want to meet.
  3. Create interest. Ensure your offer is appealing to your guest. Do you have information they need? Do they like helping recent graduates?
  4. Do your research. Find out more about your guest through Linked In, Facebook, and relevant press articles. That knowledge will enrich your conversation and suggest pertinent questions to ask.
  5. Handle logistics. Make it convenient for others to help you. Suggest specific places and times to get together. Maybe you’re attending the same conference or there’s a coffee shop in their office lobby.

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