I have listened to the build a network cast - and I am probably being dense, but I am having trouble with how to make the initial contact with someone new (and senior) to have an initial coffee, etc. I have been using the recommendations from the podcasts to restart / warm up my current network and its been working great. But this first contact with someone I don't know is a challenge.
I had coffee with someone in my network who knows someone 'person X" that I have been wanting to meet and build a relationship with. He said 'you should and person X should talk'. Great - now what?
I am fine with making a phone call or email - but what do I actually *say* to ask this person (they are the CEO level at a different company, I am a Director - Manager of Managers) for an initial meet up?
"Hi, I was talking to <mutual contact> and he thought we should get to know each other, I would love to buy you a cup of coffee and chat' - I am in full 'give first' mode.
this sounds lame to me.
I checked LinkedIn at it turns out I have 10 or more mutual contacts with this person. Should I ask one of them for a personal intro?
Any guidance would be much appreciated.