Meeting a stranger for coffee is at the core of Everyone Onboard. We think there’s immense value in meeting face to face, but we understand that not everyone loves networking, or talking to strangers, or coffee.
To make it easier, we’ve collected a number of resources that offer suggestions of how to make potentially awkward meetings with strangers more enjoyable and productive. And you can always enjoy tea or juice instead of coffee.
Networking When You Hate Talking to Strangers offers tips on taking control of the situation, from being the speaker so everyone will want to talk to you, to bringing a wingman.
7 Networking Tips for Introverts, Extroverts and the Socially Awkward suggests focusing on making real connections through empathetic listening.
Networking Sucks But You Can Make it Bearable recommends avoiding things that make you miserable (great advice!). If you don’t like crowds and noise, don’t go to a networking event in a busy bar.
Common Networking Disasters and How to Avoid Them reminds you to remember to follow up!
So go meet a stranger and try out these tips.
Claudia is passionate about organizational design and change management. She focuses on helping growing companies find the right processes, structures and tools to scale while preserving and enhancing their culture.