Networking Nugget: Ice Breakers

Networking Ice Breakers:   Do you ever show up to an event and find yourself stuck for something to say or in awkward silence?  How do you start a conversation with a complete stranger?  It can be nerve racking being the first one to toss some words out there and then waiting on edge for a response.  If you want to kick off a stellar conversation with a potential networking contact consider leading with one of these:

  • Get their attention by bringing up an article they wrote, or something you admire about their work or their career.
  • Lead with something that stood out to you on their social media that was recently posted.
  • Did they do a 10 minute presentation, compliment them, let them know how their presentation affected you, if you have a further questions; ask them to expand on it.
  • Did they give or receive a testimonial, complement them on their delivery, engage in a conversation around their experience.
  • Talk to the person who received the testimonial, compliment them or ask some further questions around how they achieved those results, their technique or their process.
  • As entrepreneurs a great question is what keeps you going every day?  Do you have a personal mantra or daily ritual that helps keep you going and inspired?
  • How did you end up in your line of work?
  • What are you looking forward to this week?
  • Do you have any events, networking events or tradeshows coming up?
  • What type of a client are you looking for?
  • How best could I refer you?
  • What do you specialize in?
  • What is the funniest thing that happened to you?
  • What makes you unique in your business or as a person?
  • Ask for some advice on a challenge you are trying to overcome.

Hopefully you can start using some of these right away so that you will feel more confident in breaking the ice and ease into a powerful conversation at any networking opportunity.

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