We need to meet with people for a variety of reasons. Sometimes we want their help in finding a job, or perhaps we need their expert advice on something we're trying to accomplish.
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Sean Blanda over at the 99u put together a useful and concise sample that can serve as a model next time you need to ask someone for a meeting.
Sean Blanda here, managing editor of 99u.com. I've been following your work and really enjoy your email newsletter. We're trying to launch something similar here at 99U, and I'd like to talk to you about any advice you'd have for us.
Are you up for a coffee meeting sometime next week at the Midtown Starbucks? I'm available Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11-2 each day. Hope to hear from you!
The letter explains who he is, explains why he's writing, and then asks for the favour. It doesn't waste time with any superfluous information and moves through each point fluidly. If you want to ask for something from a busy person you may not even know (or know well), this is the best way to go about it. Keep it short, sweet and to the point.
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