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  • Jelena Woehr

    Useful tips! The only thing I'd add: Make sure what you're prepared to offer really is what the person you're speaking to wants. At a previous company, I occasionally ended up feeling like I wasted time when someone actually wanted information about a totally different part of the company than what I worked on, but that was understandable in a huge organization where from the outside it may look like everyone who works there MUST know the answer to X, when from the inside, X is actually the responsibility of a small working group 3,000 miles away. Now, even at a much smaller organization, I tend to ask a few brief followup questions or ask them to send a summary of what they want to talk about before we chat, to make sure that I'm the right person to speak to their interest.

    • Sue Li

      Yes, couldn't agree more! Your suggestion is probably step #1 to figuring out whether or not one can be of help.