About the Event:
"Nothing makes a conversation more grueling than one side not having questions for the other.” – Coffee Meetings
"Can you meet for coffee?”
These words may be the most heard words by many entrepreneurs and creative professionals. The coffee meeting seems to be the go-to scenario for impromptu and informal information sharing. However, too often, people do them wrong. Mr. Nathan Ho would like to shares his tidbits of advice inspired by Len Kendall:
• Coffee meetings aren’t blind dates so buy your own coffee.
• Spend two minute Googling each other so you can come prepared with questions for the other person.
• Don’t have coffee out of obligation because your head and heart won’t be into the conversation. At the very least, use it as an opportunity to learn from somebody.
• Set expectations at the beginning of the meeting and provide the other person with 1 or 2 steps you are going to take to avoid an awkward ending.
Words only too common in the business world. Coffee, something that most people in this world can’t live without. The fuel that wakes us up in the morning and the perfect dessert combination to end a meal. Much negotiations and hardcore business decisions happen to be made in coffee shops worldwide. The non-pretentious, in-formal, lively yet comforting setting seems to have been the preferred place to meet up with clients, partners, colleagues for as long as we can think. It never seems to cross our mind if there is any formality to it. However, there are indeed some very obvious No No’s in which can turn your once delicious coffee meeting sour.
In this talk, Nathan Ho of Pacific Coffee Company and co-chair of the Young Professionals Committee will share a few of his secrets to conducting that Perfect Coffee meet. Whether you’re about to close a deal, taking your boss out, or just catch up with a new contact, Nathan will give some insights on how to impress your counterpart over that Perfect Cup of coffee.
About the Speaker:
Mr. Nathan Ho
Nathan has been with Pacific
Coffee for 5 years and specifically focuses on B2B Corporate Sales. Having to
communicate on a daily basis with numerous clients in various industries
including: Banking & Finance, Media & Advertising, Design & Architecture,
Serviced Offices and Apartments, Hotels, Fashion brands, Property &
Leasing, Law Firms and IT; Nathan has a wide range of hats he must put on
catered to the specific client. With this, he must ‘talk the talk’ of each of
his clients’ in order to deliver focused and comprehensive proposals,
interactive presentations, and establish key connections to seal the deal.
Communication has been the key to his success. Born and raised in Toronto,
Canada, he has learned the majority of his Cantonese here in Hong Kong.
Over the years, Nathan has gained
the extensive coffee knowledge of a seasoned expert and conducted many
presentations and coffee appreciation classes for his clients. Among his peers,
he is known for an active lifestyle, coming from a Kinesiology undergraduate
degree from Western University.
He is the Deputy President of the
Alumni in Hong Kong very much enjoys networking and making valuable
connections. He is a longstanding active member of CanCham and devotes time as
a Co-Chair for the Young Professional Committee. He played a pivotal role in
establishing the distribution channel of the CanCham Exchange magazine in all
of 100+ Pacific Coffee outlets in HK.