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Networking: How do you ask for someone's time?

I usually send an email asking for an informational interview, saying something like: "Hey ____, saw you are doing XYZ, and I'm trying to learn more about X. I know you are very busy but do you have time for a 20-min chat to talk about X."


Got someone on LI that started talking with me about our school, and then after a few exchanges, that person asked to get on a call to talk about sales. And it got me wondering about how people ask for other people's time, hence this post.

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Justatitle
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Senior AE
The best is to give someone a reason to speak with you and flattering them. Get rid of I know your busy because itโ€™s a tired line. โ€œHey X I wanted to speak with you because of x reason and seems like youโ€™d be a great person to speak with on the topic. Are you open to helping a novice with some expert advice?โ€
Nairobi
Politicker
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BDR
Oh interesting, I legit added that "I know you are busy" because one of my old business professors told me that it's good to acknowledge someone's busy. I do prefer this flattering aspect instead, thanks for the advice!
Justatitle
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Senior AE
Busy is a bs excuse, if they were busy they wouldnโ€™t be able to answer the phone.ย 
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GDO
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BDM
I still do this cold calling. I know youยดre busy so Iยดll get right to it ...
GDO
Politicker
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BDM
People love to help other people. Just plainly ask them for help or advice concerning a subject they love is an easy in.

If they were recently published in a magazine or something, use that.
Nairobi
Politicker
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BDR
Yep I do that as well. Always good to mention something theyโ€™ve done.
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