Done right, taking notes from your laptop doesn’t have to look sales-y.
If you’re meeting a prospect for coffee
Or even a casual acquaintance
For networking purposes
Taking notes is a sign
That you value their time
And that you want to understand
The value they’re offering you.
See if this helps
Try and get there early so that you can take your time setting up your machine
So when your guest arrives
You can break the ice
By simply saying:
I hope you don’t mind my taking a few notes. I’m an insanely curious person and I’m more than happy to send you the doc when we’re done. Is that ok?
Here’s the kicker:
Your conversation will be far more fruitful
You will listen better
And be even more prepared
For your next meeting.