Networking Coffee Email: Why They Said NO to Your Email

Updated: May 18

I will walk you through the implications of asking “Can I buy you a coffee sometime?” in your email for a networking coffee, and why this is a BAD thing to ask. As well as the coffee invitation message that will get you that coffee meeting with a potential employer or other professional contacts. Remember that the way you ask will have an impact on if they say yes or no.


Psychologically it's a bad move to ask someone, "Can I buy you a cup of coffee?" when asking for a business-related meeting. 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙖𝙨𝙠 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡𝙨 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙨𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙈𝙐𝘾𝙃 𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙖𝙮 𝙮𝙚𝙨. As simple as, "Are you free to grab a cup of coffee sometime?" has better results. In the video, I explain what to do instead and share an interesting psychology study. And I'll link in the comments the video mentioned at the end, the psychology behind the phrase, "No problem" that you should know! How do you ask for a meeting or an informational interview?



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