As attached as we’ve become to our devices and social media, it can be easy to forget about the advantages of a good old fashioned face-to-face meeting. If you’re keen to network, promote your services and talents, pick somebody’s brain or simply introduce yourself to somebody new, you should consider inviting them out for a coffee. Here’s why… 

People are unlikely to turn down a free drink 

Who doesn’t like a free drink, something to nibble on and the chance to spend some time away from their desk? Even if someone is super busy they’re more likely to indulge you if you give them an incentive. 

Face-to-face meetings are the most memorable 

If you’re looking to make a lasting impression then a coffee meeting is your best bet. A sit down with someone will make you much more memorable than the tens or hundreds of other people flooding their inbox. 

It will give you a major confidence boost

Mustering up the courage to invite someone out for a coffee and then actually seeing the meeting through can give you a major confidence boost, especially if you’re someone who finds it daunting to network or put yourself out there.

You’ll look proactive and professional 

Inviting someone out for a coffee for work purposes creates the impression that you’re a go-getter who’s proactive, professional and serious about what you do. It’s a good start but it’s important that you turn that positive first impression into a great lasting impression. 

There’s more value in verbal communication 

Being able to ask someone questions, probe for more detail and allowing them to do the same with you is far more valuable than, say, an email exchange. Think of it like this – a face-to-face sit down is an opportunity for you to glean as much information from someone as you can while simultaneously using that time to sell yourself as best you can.

Are you a fan of coffee meetings? If so, let us know what you think the key benefits are.

Posted by:Carly Lewis-Oduntan

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