Imagine feeling comfortable approaching new people you meet at networking events, trade shows, company parties, or anywhere else for that matter.
- If the very idea of having to start a conversation with a complete stranger makes your palms sweaty, this if for you.
- If you’ve been stressing over how to get a good conversation started, this is for you.
- If you’ve been silently waiting for others to find you and strike up a conversation, this is for you.
- If you procrastinate about getting in on all of the fun of in-person professional networking, this is for you.
- If you’re ready to start enjoying the fun and valuable benefits of cultivating a vast professional network, this is for you.
3 Rules for the Road
Appearance matters. Dress as you would for a job interview.
Be prepared. Learn 5 or more conversation starter questions and be able to tell others what you do in 30 seconds or less.
Pay attention. When speaking to others, give them your full attention. You’ll energize the conversation and be more memorable when you actively ask the other person questions. The added benefit of asking questions is that you become more memorable and you’ll reap the give yourself the gift knowing a few things that are important to the person you just met. KUDOS! You just gave yourself several conversation starters for your next connection with this person.
How to Get the Conversation Started
If you’re like most professionals you know that networking and making great connections is one of the best things you can do to advance your career. You may also be wondering how to make professional networking fun, fast, and easy. That’s great! That means you’re ready to step out and be seen as the talented professional that you know you are. So, about now you’re likely thinking, “Just how do I get a conversation started with a total stranger?” That’s easy. Prepare a few surefire conversation starters. Those who are Masterful at business networking say that having a stockpile of great conversation starters pays off in more ways than you can imagine. Knowing what you’re going to say when you approach someone gives you an air of confidence because you’re naturally more relaxed. The funny thing is that when you take the initiative to get the conversation rolling you make it easier for the other person to begin talking to you. Just think of how relieved they’ll feel when you take the pressure off of them by giving them something to talk about. . . .BOOM! Your likability factor gets a huge boost within the first 3 seconds of your conversation.
It’s helpful to remember especially when business networking, that people love talking about themselves way more than they like listening to some self-aggrandizing stranger. So, when you give others the opportunity to tell you something about themselves, they’ll automatically find you more interesting as a result. Okay. So, now you’re thinking, “That’s all great! But where do I find some of those Top Networking Conversation Starters you’re talking about?”
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