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If you work from home, you might not really want to invite a potential client round for a meeting.
This could look more professional in the short term but what if they want to meet up again and that room is unavailable? In the long run this might not be a good idea. This is where coffee shops come into play and there are many positives of organising a meeting at a Starbucks or perhaps your local independent coffee house.
There is no pretence about it. With that, there is the eradication of boring PowerPoint presentations. This casual meeting vibe often lets you bring up and talk about common interests, or even mutual friends or associates, getting to know one another.
Consider time limiting your meeting, even though you might have the afternoon free. Half an hour is long enough for you to make a Long Macchiato last. Coffee shops are great for working in as they tend to enhance productivity. Creativity seems to be boosted in a coffee shop.
The noise of the coffee grinder, the milk frother and active surroundings must have something to do with it and when you are relaxed, talking about one bit of business can often lead to another. The coffee shop itself might even need some work doing!
Be sure to listen, there is no excuse for starting to nod off like there perhaps is in a boardroom. Stay humble, follow up with an later in the day and be sure to let them know that, if they pay, the Lattes are on your next time.
The power of a meeting over a coffee is much greater than that caffeine fix from a Cappuccino. There are conversations and business deals which just wouldn't come about from sitting in a stuffy boardroom.
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