Sharing a “meal-meeting” with like minded artists & treps can create a relaxed sense of trust, confidence, and camaraderie, often allowing us to remove our mask and let down our guard. This opens the door to a stream of creative thinking, which can foster a productive brainstorming session, leading to a download of innovative ideas, solutions and breakthroughs.
I’ve digested plenty of supper-sessions with hungry cohorts, clients, and friends, and here’s what I’ve learned:
Breakfast Meeting: Be prepared for a free-flowing, deep dive, including where you’ve been, where you’re headed, and what your plan is.
What to Order: Big breakfast! Grand Slam! Ask for a pot of coffee! This is going to go longer than you think.
Lunch Meeting: Be prepared to discuss the present, including where you’re at right now, what projects you’re working on, and what challenges you’re facing.
What to Order: Salad or sandwich. This is going to be little shorter than you’d like.
Dinner Meeting: Be prepared to discuss the past, present, and future, including who you are, what you’ve accomplished, and why you matter.
What to Order: Start with an appetizer, then move slowly up the Smörgåsbord. This could go late.
Starbucks Meeting: Be prepared to just skim the surface with a variety of current events. The distractions are high, and the attention span is low.
What to Order: Something tall and tasty. This is going to be social.
Bottled Water Meeting: The most productive of all. Be prepared to get to the point and get back to work.
Important because it’s all food for thought. Å votre santé!