New to our site? No worries, grab don’t plan
Posted by Jonathan Patrick
I’ve had newer members to our site complain that the first lunch they ever open for others to join does not get taken. So I thought I’d take a moment to clear up some confusion.
When you are logged in as a member you have two options: plan your own lunch so that others that match your preferences can join it, or grab an open lunch planned by someone else. If it is your first several times using the service then we recommend grabbing an open lunch instead of planning your own. Here’s why…
Early the development stage the team decided to have a rating system for our members to self regulate. We wanted a way for members to “report” others that take an open lunch only to spend the entire contact time pitching something.
What happens after a lunch is completed is that each member answers a few short questions about the encounter, all of which assigns a sort of point rating to that member. We call this the NetQuotient. The higher the NetQuotient the more prolific a networker and therefore hopefully a better contact.
And it is a new member’s NetQuotient that can create the issue of a first few planned lunches not getting taken. If you are new your NetQuotient hasn’t had time to build up to a level that says you might be a good contact to know.
So if you are new go ahead and start grabbing an open lunch planned by someone else. The good news is that if you are seeing the opportunity you match the planner’s preferences.