With the never-ending workday seeping into every corner of our lives it is essential now more than ever to guard our time. No one wants to skip out on hanging out with their family and friends to have yet another generic meetup that leads nowhere. Think about the times have you’ve cringed at someone asking to ‘pick your brain’ over a cup of coffee or been annoyed after a forty-five-minute conference room debacle that an email could solve. Despite our burning desires to get to the point already, there are a few occasions where it is appropriate to have a meeting without an agenda. We’ve listed them below.
When There’s Something You Can Learn
A successful entrepreneur is a well-rounded entrepreneur. Meeting with people in different industries or who have a different skill set from your own can provide you with valuable information that can prove useful later in your journey. So, consider meeting that interesting person who reached out to you on LinkedIn, they might know something you don’t.
When There’s A Connection You Can Make
People appreciate people who know how to be of service to them. They might not remember exactly when you helped them out, but they will remember that you did. Taking a few minutes to talk to someone might result in you getting the chance to refer them to some people in your network, and you may walk away with a few new contacts of your own.
When There’s A Common Problem You Can Solve
Small business owners often run across similar problems. You might not be the only one encountering roadblocks unique to your area or industry. A general discussion with someone else pursuing their dreams can lead to you having a partner with whom you can advocate for change.
When There’s Resources You Can Share
Strategic partnerships aren’t just for larger firms. Partner with fellow entrepreneurs that compliment your business. These events can include pop-up shops, limited collections, seminars, etc. Sharing resources may require less capital investment and can potentially give you access to a new customer base.
Editor's Note: When partnering, be sure to set expectations, outline responsibilities, use NDA and contracts to protect all parties.
When There’s Fun You Can Have
Not everyone is meant to do business together. You might not be able to work with every person who reaches out to you but if you have similar interests and you think they’re a cool person, take the risk and get to know them. You might make a new friend who can support and even inspire you when you’re off the clock.