Are you bored with in-office meetings, complete with stale coffee and pre-packaged muffins? Looking for a new spin on interviewing prospective candidates for a job? Here are a few suggestions that will not only add a visual change of scenery, but inspire thought and creativity.
1. A dog park
If pets are a common interest, a dog park would be a great place to meet your favorite client, with an added bonus of playtime for your four legged friend(s). Some dog parks may also have a small picnic area for humans to enjoy lunch. Don’t forget to pack treats for your favorite pooch. Word of caution: this may not be the optimum choice for a job interview as the atmosphere is exceedingly casual, and a first meeting should not involve a poop bag. But, for a casual meeting with someone you already know well, it could be a “paw-fect” choice!
2. A Neighborhood Coffee Shop
Local coffee shops can be ideal for a quick meeting or an initial job interview when you want to keep the meeting low key. It’s a good location to conduct a pre-interview as well, allowing you to gauge a person’s true personality in a relaxed social setting. It is also a great way to support a small business! Definitely a win-win for both of you.
3. A Local Bakery
Local bakeries are typically an upbeat place to meet and greet. The environment is often creative, social, and friendly, creating a space conducive to building on a new, or already existing relationship. Bakeries tend to have complimentary Wi-Fi, which can be helpful when a meeting requires a computer. Who can resist a homemade macaroon and fresh brewed cup of coffee while discussing business?
4. A Department Store Café
In-store cafés are a great idea for longer discussions because you can order a meal and then enjoy dessert or a cup of tea as you finish up your discussion. Typically not as busy as your favorite coffee shop, and easy to locate for your meeting partner. You can also multitask duties by picking up a new tube of lip gloss or an updated summer blush at the makeup counter when your meeting is over, rewarding yourself for a successful meeting and a job well done.
5. An Art Museum
Viewing art can be a great way to break the ice and open up creative conversations. Observing new exhibits may jump-start your brainstorming session. Take advantage of the museum coffee shop or restaurant after you enjoy the art.
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