I have realized that in consulting's "up or out" system, the ability to bring in client plays a crucial role, especially for principles and partners. I am joining as a consultant (post-MBA), and I am thinking of developing a long term networking plan to build up future client base.
I'd like to seek advice on "how to coldmail / network with people who are totally out of your network circle", in addition to attending events or alumni gathering. I am thinking of meeting people from industries, PE, VC, etc, to build up a network in a city that I don't have much contact. As I am already out of school and currently not seeking new job, I'm not sure what would be the best way to position myself in the cold email letter (email or Linkedin) for a coffee chat or meet up. Would something like "I'm keen to learn from you regarding industry insight" work? What would be a suitable way to reach out to people just to develop a relationship instead of having a solid request/ discussion topic such as career advice?
Thank you so much!