Have you heard of the 50 coffee meetings challenge?
The premise is simple: meet with 50 people and talk about something you are exploring. It might be a new city, your professional journey or your next personal adventure. Let your imagination run free in thinking about what to explore.
By meeting with a range of different people you will explore perspectives you haven't thought of previously. Added bonus: you’ll meet some really interesting people!
This is what networking is about. It’s not about having the most LinkedIn contacts, or the most business cards – it’s about building personal relationships. And then using those relationships to genuinely and curiously explore new and interesting things.
One interesting twist I recently heard on this concept was the coffee lucky dip where you are randomly allocated someone to have a coffee with.
I have facilitated a coffee lucky dip the past two years.Hundreds of people have been matched up for a cuppa, and the feedback from participants was fabulous. Here's what one participant said: "Thank you so much for orchestrating the coffee lucky dip. I met up with coffee buddy and had a great time. Something I learnt ... learnt about the commercialisation of academic research in Australia. Also, it was a really good reminder to me about stepping out of my comfort zone and to think broader than 'my bubble' - which are very valuable reminders at this point in time in my life". You can read more about it here.
So, here it is again for the 5th year! And this is where you come in . . .
If you are you interested in meeting new people and exploring interesting ideas, send me an email and I’ll put you in the mix and then send you an email introducing you to your coffee partner. If you have been in previous lucky dips, you are very welcome to do it again - just let me know who you were matched with so I don't make the same matches again. Don't worry if you don't have anything in mind to explore - your coffee buddy might and you can help by being their thinking partner!
Go on. What a great way to start 2020 – exploring new ideas and adventures with a new connection. You never know what you might learn.
Some tips for new players:
Generally, when inviting someone for a coffee, you pay, although in coffee lucky dip you are welcome to each pay your own way.
Whilst you are asking them for their insights, also offer any help you can (“is there anything I can do to help you? Is there anyone I can introduce you to?").
Be on time; don’t take up too much time. Thirty to forty-five minutes is ideal.
Listen well; be curious.
Say thank you
I look forward to hearing from you and how your introductions go!
PS: You don’t have to drink coffee - I don't - yet I spend a lot of my time "catching up for a cuppa"!