Over the years I've "had coffee" with hundreds of individuals. The call or
the email comes in asking me, "Hey, can we meet for coffee? I'd like to (pick one) share a story, pick your brain, pitch you a project, catch up, offer my services."
I always say, "Sure, we can do that!"
I always look at this as an investment of time. Who knows who might have the "magic bullet" that will solve an issue one of our clients might have. Who knows, "the pitch" might be just what we're looking for. Who knows, maybe I can help him/her find a gig.
So we meet and have a cup and some conversation.
The other day I was visiting with Suku Radia the president of Bankers Trust here in Des Moines. I said to him, "I understand that you often tell people, when they request a meeting with you, that you always grant the first one." He smiled and said, "Yes, everybody deserves to have a hearing."
I think we're on to something. Perhaps the next time somebody calls and asks for a meeting you might grant that opportunity. Don't do as I do...but do as one of the most successful business people in the Des Moines Metro does. If it's good enough for him...I'm in.
What do you think?