You love coffee, I love coffee, we all love coffee. As we all know, it tastes a whole lot better when someone else makes it and you sip it as you walk into the office. But, you must also get your kids to school and be at work by 8:30am. So, you rush around and get that morning coffee at the Drive-Thru. Oh, the stories and connections you are missing out on. Joe Pesci had it right in Lethal Weapon 2, but for different reasons. I promise if you take the extra five minutes and walk into Dunkin Donuts/Starbucks each morning (…and maybe even throw a buck into the tip jar occasionally) you will start your day off on such a higher level.
There is something about “The Law of Familiarity” that makes people friendlier, and like you more each time they see you. We tend to be attracted to things we are familiar with. But, here’s the catch. The key word is “see” you. Not Facebook…Not a Tweet….And DEFINITELY NOT an Email. Engage in even a little conversation, and your coffee server can open all kinds of doors for you. Maybe even an extra espresso shot here and there.
Be seen, be present, make someone smile. As hard as Facebook tries, they haven’t figured out a way to capture a real smile and a warm “good morning.” (Or an extra shot of espresso)