Writing a custom agenda and introductory message

Tips on crafting your own custom agenda and introductory message that is professional and warm

When you request a phone call with a member in your school's or organization's Wisr network, we'll ask that you propose an agenda topic and write an introductory message before submitting your request.

This is your first introduction to the person you're reaching out to, so make sure to put your best foot forward.

When you select an agenda topic, we'll auto-suggest a short list of bulleted talking points to help you start writing your message. You will probably have different goals for different calls, so we suggest customizing your agendas for each one. 

If you don't like or need some of the bulleted talking points, you can delete them and write your own. This text box is entirely editable. Just click into the text box to change, add, or remove topics.

To help the person you're reaching out to get to know you before the call, it's highly recommended to add a personalized introduction to your agenda. This usually consists of 1-2 sentences that let them know who you are and why you want to connect.  

A good first message should have a friendly but professional tone and accomplish three things:

  1. Let the person know who you are
  2. Explain why you got in touch
  3. Outline what kind of guidance you're looking for

Here's an example of a well-written introduction:

"Hi Addison, my name is Mindy, and I'm currently a junior studying marketing at Wisr University. I noticed that you've worked for a digital marketing agency for the last few years, so I'd love to chat about your experiences. I'm starting to look for summer internships in the Cleveland area and would appreciate any advice! If you have time for a call, I'd love to chat with you in particular about these topics:

  • How do I make myself more marketable?
  • What skills should I be developing now to be successful in a marketing internship?

Thank you so much!

There's no rigid rule for how long an intro message and agenda should be, but a good rule of thumb is to keep it to a paragraph (3-4 sentences). People can learn more about you by checking out your profile, and you can always provide more information later in the conversation.

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