Over on Gigaom there’s a great post titled “Using Starbucks As Your Office? Here Are Some Tips”. As someone who’s done a great deal of writing at a Starbucks or two, I could relate to most of the suggestions. Some of the better suggestions are:
- Learn the names of most of the baristas and also take time to have a conversation with them. It helps build a human connection.
- Make the baristas involved in your venture – share your news and make them feel part of your struggle.
- Don’t spread out your stuff and take up too much space at the store.
- Make sure you buy coffee or something at least three times a day.
- Tip generously – up to $10 a day will ensure that folks at the store don’t view you as a freeloader and a pest.
So, this got me wondering, oh libraries in libraries where the public actually hang out, what advice would you give these sorts of patrons? Obviously tipping is out. I’ll assume that not taking up too much space would be a good one. But how about making you “involved in the venture”? What else would you add to this list?