the art of the strategic coffee



My thumbs hover above my phone keyboard for a second before they type out the words 'Wanna get coffee sometime?' into a direct message on Twitter.

I’ve just asked a fellow freelance writer for a hot drink, but really it’s my way of saying, 'let’s get together and talk about life, work, words, books and life goals because I like you'.

An invitation to coffee is my well-worn code for 'let’s swap insights and see if we could collaborate'. But, naturally, without the pressure of a boardroom meeting or a formal networking event.

For an introvert like me, who doesn’t particularly warm to bragging, the strategic coffee is a godsend. It can also be extremely useful and productive… the writer in question (she said yes) gave me something invaluable: camaraderie and a reinvigorated sense of confidence.

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