Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Let’s Meet Each Other [for Coffee] Halfway

How many times have you wanted to meet someone for a networking breakfast, coffee, or lunch, but you worked or lived so far from each other that you decided to meet on neutral ground, somewhere in-between. “Let's Meet in the middle,” they say.

That’s great, because it makes it easier to get together. But how do you figure out where to meet? Where exactly is “halfway in-between” the two of you? And since neither of you live or work there, what sort of restaurants, coffee shops, or taverns can be used for a meeting place?

Regina Maxwell introduced me to a web site called GeoMidpoint (http://www.geomidpoint.com/meet), You give it two addresses, and it tells you exactly where “halfway in-between” really is. Actually GeoMidpoint gives you the midpoint (as the crow flies) and the route midpoint (as you will drive it).

You can then ask for restaurants and other items of interest in the area. (Bowling and golf are great ways to network. Watching a movie, less so.)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mix It Up For Even More Fun with Networking

It’s been a while since I last posted, and I think it is beyond time to take up the keyboard again.

I stopped doing regular “This Week in Philadelphia” blog postings sometime this past summer. While people liked them, they duplicated information you could find easily on the Basecamp Business Calendar Network. I found the event listing posts were distracting me from doing better things with the Fun with Networking blog.

Of course, once I got out of the habit of doing a weekly post, it was hard to get back in the habit. I wasn’t really sure of what I wanted to say, if there was anything new to say about professional networking, or if it was time to move on to other issues.

I’ve been networking quite a bit lately. I had always continued to network, but I had gotten into something of a rut – going to the same groups, or spending time connecting with a relatively static group of contacts.

I decided it was time to mix it up a bit, go to some new groups, meet some new people, learn some new things. Immediately, I started seeing things I wanted to share. “Wow, this would be great to post on the Fun with Networking blog. Too bad I’m not doing blog posts any more. I should figure out what I want to do with that blog…”

Well, I still haven’t figured out exactly what I am going to do with this blog, but I’ve decided that I have some things to share, so I am going to start posting. We will see where things go from there.

So, my first renewed insight about networking is: mix it up and keep things fresh. If you keep doing the same things, going to the same places, and seeing the same people, then you really won’t be open to sorts of transformative changes that can happen when you get yourself out and expose yourself to something new.