"Let's Do Lunch" Has Never Been Easier

“Let’s Do Lunch” Has Never Been Easier

Lunch Meet Application for iPhone Photo Courtesy © Deklofenak - Fotolia.com

Just in time for the new year, the answer to who is available to meet for lunch is just an App away.

Back in 2005, Keith Ferrazi (@keithferrazzi) introduced Never Eat Alone which quickly became a sales classic with it’s premise that every lunch meeting has the opportunity to move your career, your performance and your friendships ahead. Now there is an App based on the core principles of Keith’s book called LunchMeet.

NOTE: iPhone Version only at this time but they say Android version on the way.

LunchMeet leverages the information from your LinkedIn account and several search API’s to find others who are interested in meeting for lunch in your location. Here is how it works:

  1. You set up day and time slots that you have open on your calendar for lunch.
  2. LunchMeet then uses it’s search capabilities and identifies several restaurants to consider for lunch, based on your current location, or just indicate the general area you want to meet.
  3. Decide if you want to repeat in the future and select the days and frequency.
  4. Allow the App to post your interest on LinkedIn (turned off by default).
  5. Click Save & Search for available Connections.
  6. See who pops up, if anyone.

As an example, I set my opening for Lunch every Monday for the month of January in the greater Bellevue, WA area. After saving my date/time it searched and told me that there where no matches. To be expected, as this is still an early beta web tool. You are also given the option to invite one of your LinkedIn connections, but I chose to decline, wanting to see when I might have a new option.

Here are the screenshots to set your expectations:

Lunch Meet screen shots

This is a very new app, so don’t be disappointed when you don’t have people inviting you to lunch yet.  Spread the word and you never know who you might get to have lunch. Have some fun with it, and if it catches on it could be a productive web tool when it is used. It is a creative app that holds promise if it catches on. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you.

To learn more about LunchMeet, visit them online at http://lunchmeetapp.com or follow them on Twitter at @lunchmeetapp

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Daniel Milstein - 11 years ago

That is true, Miles. As an author and business man, I can relate to how you said, ” You are also given the option to invite one of your LinkedIn connections, but I chose to decline, wanting to see when I might have a new option.”. I hope more people discover your blog because you really know what you’re talking about. Can’t wait to read more from you!

Bruce Sallan - 11 years ago

I guess I’m old-fashioned. I still like to invite and be invited to lunch…ideally with a telephone call. But, I’ve gotten used to doing it and getting it via email and texts, too.

Who even uses the word “telephone” anymore?

    Miles Austin - 11 years ago

    Hey Bruce, thanks for stopping by. Just another way to accomplish the ultimate goal – a face to face lunch meeting with another person. Lunch invitations used to come via US Mail in the past as well.

    Imagine what a unique opportunity it might turn into to receive an invitation to have lunch from one of your radio listeners who happens to be in town for a few days and finds you using this tool.

    I say keep an open mind and an adventurous heart and your life will be more rewarding. Just another Dad’s POV 😉

John - 11 years ago

I’ve heard of it! Great concept, wish more of my colleagues were using it. Have you heard of BestVendor? It’s a neat website for new app discovery – it links with your LI profile and tells you what your connections are using.

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