I was in a situation where I needed to get some advice from a professional. As I made contact with them they invited me to an event that they were conducting. My schedule was such that I could not attend the event, but I did not stop there. I made contact with the person and set up an individual meeting between the two of us. I had their individual attention and it gave me the opportunity to direct my questions and get their response. The value of meeting people one on one as opposed to a group is much more effective.