Thursday, November 8, 2012

On Coffee Friends

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I have acquaintances in class, from work, and from church. I have friends from the same places. And then I have this little niche of people in my life that are in between. They're my coffee friends.

If the concept of coffee friends is either unfamiliar to you or seems weird, you're probably not alone. Here's my definition: a coffee friend is someone you used to be close with or are just getting to know. These are the people to whom you may say, "Let's do coffee soon!" without actually intending to do so. It doesn't even necessarily need to be coffee, but that's a popular sentiment. Now that you've read that, I'm sure a lightbulb is going off in your mind and a list of your coffee friends is flooding your brain. Was I right?

These people are actually pretty important whether or not you actually dole out the time to get together. They're a way to network, to feel comfortable if s/he is the only person you know in an unfamiliar place, and to meet new people. All of those things seem really exploitative. That's not how I intend them to be. These are people who you're friendly with, and you probably know each other better than acquaintances. It's always good to keep connections with the people you've met, and developing and more importantly, acting on these coffee friendships is a great way to do so.

Do you have any coffee friends? How do you keep in touch with those in your growing network?



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