Starting a conversation can be hard, especially at networking events where you probably don’t know anyone.
A simple “Hello, I’m [name]. What’s your business (or what do you do)?” can go a long way. It is important to put yourself out there and not alienate yourself from the great networking you could be doing.
Below are our tested and approved ways to help you start up a conversation while networking.
Love your shoes!
Who doesn’t love a compliment? It’s fairly easy to find something you like about another person, whether it’s their outfit, shoes, tie, handbag, or a book you see poking out of their briefcase… And this something is another great conversation starter.
This event is great!
A big event like a conference can be overwhelming, but an easy way to meet new people is to chat about the program, a speaker you like or the event facilities. An easy way to get this conversation started is to ask, “My head is overloaded with great information from today; what gem has resonated with you?”
The headlines of the day
News is always a good excuse to chat to someone new, so pick a few of the top headlines from the day and ask, “I heard/read about [insert news item] on the way here today. What do you think about it?”
What do you think?
Equally, people love being asked for their expert advice so take note of the organisations on everyone’s name tags and start a conversation with someone whose industry you can ask a question about easily.
If you see a group of people chatting, add to their conversation by mentioning an example to illustrate the speaker’s point, or throw in a comment about something relevant that you read earlier that day and then introduce yourself.
Loner? No, just waiting to talk to you
If you see someone on their own, think of it as the perfect opportunity to say “hi”, ask them how they are and introduce yourself. It can be as easy as that.
Use these conversation starters at your next networking event to help you get in there and make connections that will last you a lifetime. All it takes is a starter to get you going, and it’ll come naturally.
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