Maybe it’s a cultural thing when I am in Israel and the very informal way of getting stuff done….
When you reach out to someone to “have coffee,” it really helps to explain why you want to meet.
If you are looking for an intro at a company, if you are trying to verify something for your startup, maybe you need some insight based on the person’s experience or body of work…. spell it out and just ask.
It reduces cycles, increases the chances of a meeting really happening, and actually helps the person asking to make sure they are connecting with someone who can help you.
Oh…. (and this is a rant): when someone uses terms like “seek cooperation” or “open to collaboration.” it’s code for something else.
I would rather you just tell me what you are looking for, and do so with clarity.
We are, by nature, helpful to each other.
It’s part of startup culture.
I seek help from peers, friends, and random people that I want to meet when I travel.
When I do the ask, I do so with specifics, and based on the research I do on the person I want to meet.
If you want to increase your chances of better and more qualified introductions, having an up to date body of work, a blog, and a well written LinkedIn profile really really really helps.
Photo by me. Shot somewhere at a deli in NYC.