Odds are likely if you are a student, recent alum, or new to Wisr, you haven't participated in many conference calls. A conference call has become the standard meeting format when networking, and your first conference call is typically referred to as an "intro call".
Here's what you need to know:
- Dial in 3-5 minutes early - it takes a minute to connect, and it's rude to keep someone offering their time waiting (if you need help on how to dial in, click here!)
- Make sure you are in a quiet place, where you can focus and take notes
- Introduce yourself, provide 60 seconds of background, and use your agenda to guide you
Here's an example:
You: "Hi, is this Addison?"
Advisor: "Yes, Mindy?"
You: "Yes, this is Mindy, thank you again for your offer to connect"
Advisor: "My pleasure, so how can I help?"
You: "Well, before jumping into the agenda, if it would be helpful, I thought I could give you some quick background on me and what I'm studying at Wisr U. I'd also love to hear more about your background"
Advisor: "Great, sounds like a plan"
You: [Nice, short background on you, what your passions are, and where you need help]
Advisor: "Thanks, that's very helpful" [more background on me]
At this point, you'll probably have an organic conversation. If at any point you feel lost, stick to the agenda
It's usually good form at the 30 minute mark, if the conversation is still going well, to say "I see we're at 30 minutes, I'd love to continue chatting, but I want to be respectful of your time. Do you have more time now, or should I schedule a follow up time?"
And always remember to thank the person if you've had a good call. A follow up thank you goes a long way!