Tips for meeting people over coffee.
The Holidays are a great
time for informational interviews. Here is the challenging part: you have to
ask for them.
If you meet someone at a
party or event, don't be afraid to ask. "Your
career (or company) sounds very interesting. Do you have time this week to
grab a cup of coffee and tell me more about what you do?"
meeting people over coffee
Make it convenient for
that person. Scout out coffee locations near the person's office.
Whoever does the inviting
pays. If you invite someone to coffee, allow that person to order first, then
place your order and pay the bill. (Or ideally, offer to go to that person's
Don't distract from your
meeting by dumping a lot of cream and sugar in your coffee. It's coffee --
not "hot ice cream."
Give a time limit in
we meet for 20-30 minutes? I want to be respectful of your time."
Prepare: research the
person's background and organization. Write out your questions in advance.
interview" means you are there to listen. Make sure you listen more than
Confirm the meeting
either the night before or the day of by email.
Follow up with an email and
a hand-written or type-written thank you note.
What are you waiting for?
Get out there and mingle!
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