I make quarterly plans. My plans cover the many tasks I’m privileged to do at TKO Graphix —leadership, blogging, video, PR, social media, and more. I also cover outside activities like networking. In my first quarter goals for 2017 my networking action plan is to attend two networking events and two meet-for-coffees per month. So, why meet for coffee? Let me explain.
I attended the annual Cover Party for a local periodical the Hendricks County Flyer. I connected with several people and set up coffee with one attendee, which in this case turned into lunch. Jon is a successful entrepreneur who sits on the board of a local leadership foundation. At the cover party, we shared our passion for leadership development and decided to meet. After exchanging cards, we emailed each other with open dates.
Jon invited the director of the leadership foundation to join us. We met at a local eatery. It was a great meeting. I learned Jon had been reading the TKO Graphix Leadership blogs and not only got a lot from the posts but the blogs convinced him I should be involved in their leadership training. There are few things I enjoy more than leadership development. It was a great meeting.
A few weeks later I attended a leadership presentation at a regional University. The two speakers did an excellent job and connected with me. Their points on leadership were right up my alley. Another member of the TKO team had found the seminar and invited me. At one point she looked at me and said, “I’ve never heard that more than 100 times.” It was a point I passionately preached.
After the class, I introduced myself, shared how much I enjoyed the presentation and asked how I might help them. They were looking for companies to present to—we signed up. I told them about my book, The New Manager’s Workbook: A Crash Course in Effective Management, and we discussed several ways to help each other. We’re meeting for coffee the next time they’re in our area.
Why Meet for Coffee?
Meeting at a networking event, open house, or presentation only takes you so far. How much can be accomplished in a few minutes in a crowded room? Meeting for coffee offers the opportunity to take the next step and explore connections.
Exchanging ideas in neutral territory opens up the conversation. Meeting for coffee rather than at a workplace sets the stage for creative conversation. It allows you to schedule time to talk without interruptions. Attempting to explore potential connections at the office, or at an event becomes difficult, if not impossible, due to interruptions and time limits.
Want to Meet Over Coffee?
My goal is minimum two meet-for-coffees per month. Shouldn’t you be doing the same? If you’d like to meet for coffee email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll take a cappuccino, please.