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#8 Eavesdropping in Cafes


I'm always surprised by how much info people in Auckland share when they have meetings in cafes.

I enjoyed eavesdropping in 2017 while I was studying full time, where i'd be working on my laptop in dishevelled-looking state. Executives would sit down next to me and give me a quick glance before they started talking. The way I read the situation is that they decided I was not someone they needed to worry about speaking confidentially in front of. Then they would talk about all sorts of plans for their business and potential partnerships in the future, and so on.

On the other side of the coin, if you're looking for opportunities, then cafes are a good place to hang! Today I listened to a guy talking to a recruitment company about the type of person that would suit a vacancy he had going. Amusingly, I sort of fit the description. If I was interested to pursue that line of work I could have approached him straight away.

My reminders are

- Don't talk about confidential stuff in public spaces

- Don't judge a book by its cover

and

- Go to cafes if I'm in a new city/neighbourhood and want to learn about what's happening in the business community (as people gossip and like to talk about their big plans)