I've recently reached out to a few physicians that work in various medical fields that I may be interested in learning more about. Because of the pandemic, some of them have asked to talk with me via phone calls and some of them have agreed to meet over coffee in a few weeks. I'm a sophomore in college, and quite new to this whole thing of meeting professionals, so I'm not entirely sure of what the best methods are for talking and connecting, and hopefully even obtaining a shadowing or research opportunity. I currently attend a top school and am grateful that they connect us to alumni, but they haven't taught us much on how to go about it after reaching out to them. I think it is an important skill to be able to converse with authority figures/professionals, so how do you guys do it? Any tips and advice about conversation topics, questions to ask, etc. would be appreciated!