Q1: Do you take notes at coffee meetings?
Q2: How effective are your coffee meetings?
Since my very first business coffee meeting many years ago, I have always had a notepad and pen with me. This is partly because I’ve always been a notetaker… if a university lecturer said to my class, ‘Don’t bother taking notes, you’ll get the slides’, I’d still take notes, because otherwise I’d switch off.
Like most people, I engage with information best by actively being involved. As I joked to a friend this week, that means I interrupt a lot! If I jump in with questions or comments while you are talking, try not to be too frustrated with me, because it means I’m actually listening! When it’s information I wish to retain, such as on a phone call or in a meeting, I also take notes for myself.
If you are not a note-taker, that means you either are excellent at retaining information just by listening (this is not most people) or you aren’t that interested in retaining the information. If it’s the latter (and it probably is), that is fine if the information isn’t important to you or your business… but may I gently suggest that you may be missing some big opportunities to connect the dots, make some key observations, build trust and win new clients.
Pretty important in business.