In my training courses people always ask me for conversation starters or the so-called ice breakers. I strongly recommend that you don’t really prepare your openers, but talk to people spontaneously. However I still want to give you a head start, so here are some suggestions.
- Physical location
- Event and its theme and/or program
- Name of the other person
- Name and/or activity of the organisation the other person represents
- Job or function
- Town where the other person works or lives
- Hobbies and other interests
- General news
- Developments in the field of interest of the organisation of the event or of the person you are talking to
On business events it is also OK to use clichés. Or at least it is less a turn off than in a bar or nightclub. So you can talk about the weather or about the traffic. The most important thing is that you get the conversation started. But in fact I hope you will make the effort and think about some more original and interesting openers. It is also better for your reputation. If you are able to ask good questions, people will remember you better.
Have a great networking day !
PS: part 2 next week !
PPS: this is an excerpt from my networking book “Let’s Connect!” (www.letsconnect.be)