I put up a challenge on LinkedIn that I want to connect either in person or by phone/email with every LinkedIn connection I have. That’s a daunting goal since I have over 1,200 connections. One of the first people to rise to the challenge was Don Juan who invited me for a coffee.
We met and talked about business the entire time. I introduced him to a consultant who had done some great workshops for me. He told me about a new piece of business his firm is developing and it was all work, no fun. We both made it very clear from the get-go that we now have a friendship. I told him about the Hunter, he told me about his family. The past is firmly in the past.
I didn’t tell the Hunter. I did tell him that I was having coffee with a connection. Was this a lie of omission? Perhaps, but I knew that I had no interest in Don Juan and I was sure that feeling was mutual because we met for coffee. No drinks, no dinner — just a 30 minute coffee, so why would I create some drama when there was none to be had? Or perhaps I’m just lying to myself and I should be willing to withstand any confrontation that could occur.
In any case, in my mind it was just an interesting coffee. I can check him off my LinkedIn list and continue down the list of 1100+ to go…..