In two weeks, I will have lunch with the president of a prominent tech. company and his colleague, a nationally recognized analyst at a respected think tank. I'm an early career analyst who is virtually unknown outside of the company I work for. I want to make the most of this opportunity, but am unsure how to do so, or how to prepare. Good advice will be much appreciated.
The context is this. While attending a work-social function as my wife's guest, I met the president of her company. After a brief conversation, he invited me to have lunch with him and a collegue of his. The collegue works in a similar industry as myself (public sector consulting) and is extremely influential in the field. Many consider him brilliant. The president of my wife's company is also a rising star, and is also well known.
I honestly have no idea why I was invited to lunch. I know its naive, but I think that the president simply enjoyed speaking with me. At this point in time, there is nothing I want from either of them but clearly I'd like to bring them into my network. To do so, I think I should show value to them and am unsure how. I've already researched their companies and industries to get up-to-date. What else can I or should I be doing? What should be prepared to discuss about myself?
As a result, I feel very unprepared. I would like to show value to them, but