Your nervousness is completely normal, and I've definitely felt it before going for coffee chats too :) Here are some tips of mine on how to overcome / mitigate this:
- Firstly, you might want to prepare a list of "backup" questions in advance, so that you can ask them whenever your mind goes blank, or when you start feeling awkward and stumble during your conversation. Do bear in mind not to let this disrupt the natural flow of your conversation!
- Next, be a good listener. Instead of being the person who talks, let the consultant talk more about his/her experiences, hobbies, interests etc. In this way, you'll have to talk less and you'll start feeling less nervous over time as you get to know more about the other party. Also, it has been proven that people enjoy sharing about themselves, and so I am sure the consultant will enjoy this experience too, especially if you are a good listener.
- Lastly, just remember that you are an awesome person! Which is probably why the consultant agreed to the coffee chat in the first place. Have confidence in yourself, your achievements, and let that shine through during the conversation.
All the best Jordan!