Meeting your mentor in person for the first time can be intimidating, especially when the mentors are accomplished PR professionals, as they are in PRSA Silicon Valley’s mentorship program. Maybe you didn’t sleep the night before, have no idea what to talk about, and don’t know what you’re supposed to wear. Is this going to be like an interview or casual conversation with a teacher? Below are eight easy-to-execute tips to help you make the most of this opportunity.

Be respectful – don’t be late

Be prepared to
talk about yourself

Do your homework
and ask questions

Set SMART goals
for your meeting

Ask for two connections

When your mentor asks, “What can I do to help?” have an answer ready

Take notes

Say thanks and follow up