Some people are gracious. I made a contact with someone who owns a small business based in San Antonio but whose clients range from small to large companies nationwide. She has a unique perspective because her primary focus is on educating organizations and groups within organizations. She also was a start-up and has been through all of the stages of development to finally, a very successful business model.
I contacted her and she was going out of town for an extended time but was able to see me that day. I was able to make that work and we had about an hour long conversation about some of the career goals and possibly start-up ideas that I have. As I said, her taking time from her busy schedule, just dropping things and meeting with me was very gracious and I appreciated it.
More than the time her ideas and feedback were invaluable. From reminding me of a business model we were both familiar with that failed to providing thoughts on where I might go to "mine" potential clients she was very helpful. Her flexibility was important and my willingness to drop everything to take advantage of the opportunity was key.