It’s not uncommon to meet colleagues, customers or prospects in public venues such as coffee shops. My observation is most people are using them strictly for scheduled short meetings with specific people – you talk, have a cup then leave. There’s more to it if you look deeper.
Schedule at least 2 mornings or afternoons (not lunch hours) per week – when you have “computer work” to do – and set yourself at a table. Announce to your SOI in advance when and where you’ll be. “I’ll be hanging out at Janie and Jackies’s Jumpin Java Joint Tuesday morning. If you’re out and about, stop by and say Hi.” Read the rest of this entry