About Virtual Cup of Coffee
The purpose of Virtual Cup of Coffee is to help individuals meet their social media connections. The phrase was created for individuals to utilize as a networking tool to break the ice.
Virtual Cup of Coffee was brewed in Aug. of 2011, during a process of trying to figure out what LinkedIn was all about and how to utilize it. As I created my LinkedIn account I would sign on once every 3 months, thinking: What is this “just another Facebook?” Oh how I was WRONG!
I soon discovered how LinkedIn operated. I am a huge fan of Darren Hardy, Publisher of Success Magazine, and follow his blog, Facebook twitter, LinkedIn…. Yep, I’m a fan!
One week he sent out a blog on how to utilize LinkedIn which was written by: JD Gershbein. This is the blog that started my quest of knowledge about LinkedIn. I call it: “The Creation of VCC!”
Through that process I discovered that by commenting and participating in LinkedIn Group Discussions, individuals would be inspired to click on my picture and check out my profile. Your profile is your store front! Keep that in mind.
So… as these individuals would check out my profile, if they liked what they read and wanted to learn more a request to connect to my network would be sent. This is where the thought process began….
So as I was accepting connections I began to wonder: “Ok, so I have 288 connections, what do I do with them now?”
Michael Lagerborg, sent me a “Thank you for connecting,” note and said “Let’s meet at a local shop for coffee to chat business” (not in those exact words but you get the idea) AND I thought “hmmmmm…. that’s cool but I live in a different city”
Then!!! Terri Armstrong sent me a message and said “HeyI know we are in different states but- the next time you grab your cup of coffee call me and I’ll grab mine” And LIGHT BULB! VCC was brewed!
So then, I created a message to send to my 288 connection. Something like this: “Hi -I’d like to learn more about what you do to we can somehow be a resource to one another, build our networks and not just be another Connection…. I’d love to have a Virtual Cup of Coffee chat with you!!! Whenever you grab your cup of coffee call me, and I’ll grab my cup. I am available (Date) & (Time) what’s a good time for you?” (copy and paste that, and send it to your connections)
AND GUESS WHAT!?!? 75 people responded back with a DATE –> TIME & PHONE NUMBER TO CALL! WOO HOO (=
Then I thought, why keep it to myself! Look at how great this networking is going and how simple and easy this is…. So here I am sharing it with you… To help create a trend that is fun and easy and makes the networking efforts a blast to be apart of!
Enjoy your VCC’s and I hope to have one with you soon!
How it works
Have you ever wondered how you could connect with your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and/or Google+ connections on a different level? Maybe, speaking to them on the phone…networking and helping one another out?
That’s how Virtual Cup of Coffee comes in to play. This simple invitation helps you meet your connections through an easy networking invitation to chat virtual. You simply invite your social mediaconnection to have a “Virtual Cup of Coffee Chat”
Send a simple message like this to your connection: “Hi -I’d like to learn more about what you do to we can somehow be a resource to one another, build our networks and not just be another Connection…. I’d love to have a Virtual Cup of Coffee chat with you!!! Whenever you grab your cup of coffee call me, and I’ll grab my cup. I am available (Date) & (Time) what’s a good time for you?”
Then exchange phone numbers, schedule a time to chat over the phone or internet and voila! It is not meeting in person but utilizing your virtual tools to set up a virtual meeting: phone; Skype;Google +; anymeeting, conference call line… There is no special VCC app to download -Why reinvent the wheel?
During your conversation you each share who you are and what you do; then discuss how you can become a helpful referral resource to one another.
The VCC trend was created to help you break the ice with your social media connection to move from text to a live chat, and introduce yourselves… As you would when networking with any other person face to face.. but now it’s virtual (or over the phone).
If you’re here to network and love to meet new people and make new business connections….join our Virtual Cup of Coffee LinkedIn group. The members in this group are open to connecting with one another and becoming a helpful resource.