Next thing, you have to pass the 'talking' test. Learning how to be a good LISTENER first, then an articulate speaker revealing your knowledge on the subject. As a person constantly working in personal spaces, it is essential to be proficient in both. Your opening sentence would not pass for professionalism. Ever. You are speaking to strangers here, asking for their professional advice. The way you show your appreciation and respect is to speak as though you take yourself and their time seriously. Sorry to be hard on you here, but you can ruin a great opportunity with one careless sentence.
My best to you, Theresa
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