Going to Lunch with Strangers

Guest blog post by our CTO, Frank Podlaha

I have some corporate I.T. friends who call the Go Grab Lunch site “going to lunch with strangers.” These are the non-networking professionals who work in large institutions. The thought of networking is frightening and they can’t imagine leaving their comfort zone to meet someone new. After all, they focus on their careers internally.

When I was strictly in the corporate world as a contractor, lunch outside my core group of friends was somewhat common. Most of the time these lunches were with staffing companies getting the scoop on the next possible contract. Finding the right head-hunter in town is essential for landing good contracts. I was networking, but didn’t even know it.

But it dawned on me that even in the large corporations, there is plenty of networking going on inside the building. It may not always be at lunch, but it happens all the time. How often has a quick face to face meeting with someone in another department made a tremendous difference? The idle chit-chat over doughnuts also helps in relationship building. (Yes, you can always find me by the doughnuts.)

For the guys and gals that never left their cubes, or spoke up in a meeting, I bet they are still sitting in the same cubes right now. I think “going to lunch with strangers” makes all the difference.

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About Jonathan Patrick

GoGrabLunch.com connects like-minded business professionals over face to face, one on one appointments based on each member's preferences.

Posted on April 6, 2011, in Networking and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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