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VP at firm who is a strong sponsor offered to give warm intros at funds where he knows senior folks (Wharton alumni). I appreciate the sentiment and assume it’ll be informational but I have no idea what to ask these senior folks nor what to expect from the convo. I’d ask associates about the firm culture, their past deals, the pe landscape, and their responsibilities and say to keep in touch if there are open opportunities, but what should I be asking VPs and above? And what CTA to end with?

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Give them a thought Say " I know it considered xyz in the past.. Why did you do it that way is known ... What other options did you consider? What swung the decision?" Idea with such questions is to get them to share- don't try to wow them with insight etc- they hear it everyday from everyone they meet. Get them taking about themselves and how they did something Repeat last words in their responses in your next question... Use an analogy from sport or political or something from a book to carry the conversation- for heaven's sake don't come out as a 'knows it all' consultant trying to show how smart he/she is- so many people cannot stand it

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