Setting Up the Networking Meeting

I wrote last week with some tips around networking.  For me, it has gone from a burden to one of my most important tasks.  With the 2,200+ one-on-one meetings under my belt, I have been in every kind of networking session you can imagine. First things first – get a warm introduction from someone to the person you want to meet.  How?  Use LinkedIn to find common connections is the easiest way I know.  Outside of that, ask around.  When you get a warm intro you ride on the credibility of that person introducing you.  It means a lot.  Use it if you can. So, you are going to set up the meet – where are you going to do that? In the majority of your requests – you really need something from them.  So, go to them.  In my earliest networking journey, I would do 3 or 4 per day, 4 days per week.  Seriously.  So, I attempted to coordinate meetings near each one of my targets. The best place for me – Starbucks or another coffee shop.  I have been to literally every coffee shop in the Triangle region. Here are a few of my favorite meeting places:

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