How Far Should I Travel to Meet a Nonprofit Client?
The other day I set up a networking appointment with a friend/colleague that I haven’t seen for a while. Networking is an essential consulting tool. One-to-one networking, where you actually meet someone somewhere for coffee, drinks, lunch or breakfast, is gold. Since we were friends, it was reasonable to meet in the middle, instead of one of us traveling to the other’s location. I had a long-time favorite program that gave suggestions between us, but it was time to see what else was out there. Here’s what I found:
GeoMidPoint: http://www.geomidpoint.com/meet/ This was the program I compared against the rest since I’ve been using it for years. Yes, it has all the look and feel of the early 2000’s internet, but it still does the job.
What’s Half Way: http://www.whatshalfway.com/ Good, but not very precise when it comes to what you want to do. For example, there’s no checkbox for “coffee.” To find “coffee,” you need to sort through the “Food & Drink” venues in the results.
A Place Between Us: http://a.placebetween.us/ . Put in your two locations and what you want to do, and a list of suggested places pops right up. I don’t find the format particularly pretty, and a lot of convenient stores showed up for “coffee,” but it does okay.
MeetWays: https://www.meetways.com/ MeetWays is my new favorite. It allows you to be specific about the places you meet and asks how you are traveling (car, foot, transit, etc.) The transit feature might get tweaked to let you name the type of transit (while some of the places suggested were between me and another address on transit, they required some transfers to get there.)
Now, next time you want to meet a client or colleague on “neutral” turf, don’t waste time figuring out what’s halfway, impress them and say “I know just where to meet.”