Posted Aug. 29, 2014 at 9:32 a.m.

Chris Heivly: Networking (2) -Tips on setting up a meeting

Published: 2014-08-29 09:32:00
Updated: 2014-08-29 09:32:00

Editor's note: Chris Heivly, veteran entrepreneur and co-founder of The Startup factory, talks about setting up a networking meeting. This post, reprinted with permission, first appeared at Heivly's blog "Thoughts from the Rooftop."

DURHAM, N.C. - I wrote recently [a blog] with some tips around networking. For me, it has gone from a burden to one of my most
important tasks.

With the 2,200+ one-on-one meetings under my belt, I have been in every kind of networking session you can imagine.

First things first – get a warm introduction from someone to the person you want to meet. How?

Use LinkedIn to find common connections is the easiest way I know.

Outside of that, ask around.

When you get a warm intro you ride on the credibility of that person introducing you. It means a lot. Use it if you can.

So, you are going to set up the meet – where are you going to do that?

In the majority of your requests – you really need something from them. So, go to them.

In my earliest networking journey, I would do 3 or 4 per day, 4 days per week.


So, I attempted to coordinate meetings near each one of my targets.

The best place for me – Starbucks or another coffee shop. I have been to literally every coffee shop in the Triangle region.

Here are a few of my favorite meeting places:

  • The Starbucks @ NC54. It is a central place for people coming from Cary, Raleigh or Durham. The hop is pretty much right off of I-40. Which means it is accessible with little hassle. It is also big, so there is almost always a seat for two.
  • The Starbucks @ Page Road. This is even more central but it is always crowded and a tough place to park if around lunch or dinner. And it is very small unless you can sit outside.
  • Beyu Café in Durham is a great meeting stop. Large enough to handle you at any time with parking within a block or two. The added benefit for Beyu is that there is always someone else you know so you get the face-time benefits of seeing other people.
  • Café Carolina located at either Meadowmont (near Chapel Hill) or Harrison Road (Cary). Both are off of I-40 and both are typical meeting spots.

Good luck.

(C) Chris Heivly


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