Five Reasons You Should Always Say Yes to Coffee Meetings
A recent post on LinkedIn (http://linkd.in/1e9I7cg) got a bit of a controversy started as the author argued against doing coffee meetings with people to ‘get to know eachother’ or ‘to learn from you’.
In truth she did not argue against them per se, but rather against ‘too many’ and described how she had cut back to once a month.
I am a big proponent of coffee meetings, in the past 15 years I have yet to have had one of these coffee meetings that has not let to something positive.
There are five reasons you should say yes to coffee meetings
1) You give back to someone who’s shoes you most likely have been in years back. That feels pretty darn good
2) You will learn something new since the requestor is likely to be outside your immediate sphere of influence and she/he will most certainly bring a new perspective
3) The person you meet will be of future help to you, it is only a question of your horizon, some deliver ‘value’ immediately others take a couple of years to provide a return your ‘investment’ of advice/time you gave the person
4) It is a pause, a time to slow down, which all research suggest is something most of us need and which will benefit our personal and professional lives
5) Of all the things that ‘take’ your time, is this really the least valuable activity? Chances are you spend more time on ‘things’/’activities’ that are far less contributing to your current or future personal and professional success.
So…do you want to have coffee? (tweet @psorgenfrei)