Saturday, March 10, 2018

How to make the most of your first chat

Your company has rolled out this new program, Everyone Onboard, where you’ll be matched with coworkers for coffee. You got an invitation to meet some guy name Ed next week. What now?

  1. Learn what you can about Ed. Look him up on LinkedIn. Find out what department he works in and what his role is.
  2. Set a goal for the chat. Do you want to make connections in other parts of the company? Does Ed work on something that you’re interested in learning more about? Do you have experience that Ed might find interesting? Is Ed connected to people in the company that you’d like to meet? Do you know people in the company that might be helpful for Ed to know?
  3. Think about a few questions you could ask to get the conversation started.
  4. How long have you worked here?
  5. What were you doing before you started working here?
  6. What’s your favorite thing about working here?
  7. What are you working on now?
  8. What are you going to do for the rest of the workday?
  9. Who do you want to meet in the company?
  10. What do you wish more people here knew about you?
  11. Think about how you can tell your story. What do you want Ed to know about you?

Remember that this is new to everyone, and that meeting new people can be scary and great at the same time, and more often than not, you’ll walk away having learned or shared at least one useful thing that will help you or your new acquaintance professionally or personally. Keep an open mind and a welcoming attitude and see what happens!

Claudia Richman

Claudia Richman

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.