I get a lot of requests to meet for coffee or for a “pick my brain” chat. My time is valuable to me (as is yours!) and so the best conversations are ones that have a clear purpose and have expected outcomes that I can actually deliver on. I may not be the best person, and I don’t want either of us to waste our time.
Be sure to include the following in your email meeting request:
- Why you want to meet with me and what outcomes you’re looking for (see below)
- 3 meeting times (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 10am-7pm are best) that work for you for me to choose from.
- A location suggestion or a number to call you at. My faves in Vancouver are Cittadella (7th and Ash), Milano (8th between Columbia and Manitoba), and Elysian (Broadway and Ash).
How do you hope meeting with me will benefit you?
Are you looking for consulting-related advice? My mind pays for food and a roof over my head, and I don’t give strategic advice away for free beyond what I share online and the volunteer work I do. If you are looking for free advice, suggest a blog post topic so that other people can learn from the advice you seek. If you want to get to know me a bit better for a potential paid contract, be clear that you actually have a budget, and I’m happy to have an initial conversation to help us determine if we’re a good fit for each other.
Are you looking for a job? Do you want me to connect you to someone? Are you looking for confirmation that you career plans aren’t crazy? Are you looking for job search advice? Career development advice?
Are you looking to meet with someone like-minded to have a good chat? Have a deep discussion about a topic of mutual interest? Explore opportunities to collaborate? What outcome are you hoping to achieve?
How do you expect meeting with me will benefit me?
Sometimes a meeting is valuable for me for a reason as simple as connecting with a fresh, bright mind. Extras are a bonus.