My previous employer invited me to have dinner with him. Unexpectedly (by me), he was also inviting the chief police of the area to have dinner with us. After we got ourselves introduced, my ex-boss need to look for things for a while, leaving me alone in the table with the chief.
As I'm not from the area he's taking care for, I was unable to start any conversation with him at all. Part of this was because I always get nervous when I meet someone I regard as an important person, especially in a one-on-one situation. What a waste, if I was even a bit braver, I might have gained an important connection.
We ended up playing with our phones until my ex-boss came back. Not a single word between us, at least until I managed to mention that my friend, an employee, like police and military stuff to my ex-boss (not directly to the chief).
The dinner was set casually, to talk about a serious issue (some work stuff that I need to look for him as a favor), and a few small issues (which have no connection to me whatsoever). The serious issue ended up not being discussed after all.
The chief also dressed casually, and the situation is pretty much very casual. I really regret that I missed the chance to personally introduce myself and gain his contact, albeit in a very brief moment.
So, how can I start a conversation with the chief? This is the first time we met, and I'm not very familiar with the area he's taking care. I don't even know what the topic I should talk about!
This is in Indonesia, and specifically in Javanese culture. I'm looking for answers considering Asian people perspective.