If I’m going to meet up with a professional contact in person, there’s one time of day that beats all others: breakfast.
Sure, there are two other meals you could share together, every opportunity for coffee meetings, and happy-hour drinks are often on the table. But I want to make the case for breakfast.
Everybody needs breakfast
Firstly: people are available. If you want to get on a busy executive’s schedule, there’s usually limited opportunity. Where are they going to fit you in between their power-lunches, the rounds of golf, and the drinks at the club? (OK, I might be describing a stereotyped 80s executive, but you get the idea.) Not a lot of people schedule meetings first thing in the morning. If you do, then you don’t just get to find your way onto people’s calendar, but it also makes you stand out as different, and therefore more memorable.