Short and clear
Dont wear out the intro email
Show you have done your homework
Executive recruiter referral trick
Give way out
Ask them about what they have seen and understood. Ask them to share what the view looks like from where they sit. Ask them for perspective on what it takes to do the things you want to do.
via Don’t ask for career advice | Sasha Dichter’s Blog.
Use a light touch
Treat them as equals
Encourage them with trust
Source: Holding others accountable