3. Offer to come to them. When you are pitching someone, and asking for their time, you want to make it as easy as possible for them. And one of the best ways is to offer to come to them. Don’t pick a lunch spot or a coffee shop. Don’t even suggest a time (“lunch” is a time, “coffee” is…
Yes, indeed. I’m surprised by the folks that ask if they can meet me for coffee to get my input on something and then suggest that I drive an hour to meet them. Seriously? The answer will always be “no”.
When you need a favor from someone (and asking to pick someone’s brain or get input is asking for a favor), then you reduce the friction for that person as much as possible. Go to that person’s location. Bring them coffee (or treats). Offer something useful in return (reciprocal info).