I was attending a lecture recently by someone who has a really impressive career. I would really like to email to see if they would be willing to have a coffee with me so I can learn more about their career and get advice, but I really don't know what to say in my email. Do you have any suggestions?
Make it succinct and to the point.
Before your meeting, make sure you read up about what exactly it is that they do and their work and school background. Prepare a list of specific questions. And make sure to send a thank you note afterwards!
If you don't happen to be in the same city as them for coffee, this also works as a template for a call or a video chat.
I would start the email by introducing yourself, and talk a little bit about your interests and why you had attended the lecture. Mention what you enjoyed about it and what learnings you took away, maybe even pay that person a compliment or two! After that, you can ask if they might have some time to meet. I would propose a day and block of time, but make sure you work around their schedule and location. Overall keep the email short, simple, and sweet :)