Networking is quintessential to the sustenance, profitability and consistent growth of a business. Networking, by the very definition, involves meeting new people, absolute strangers in most cases and thereon developing a bond of sorts. When you meet people whom you do not know, the first step is to strike a conversation. Whether you are at a public event or at a seminar, attending a meet at a certain association or you simply come across a few people who may or may not be related to your industry and business, you have to start a conversation.
Simple Tips to Start a Conversation
In the adjoining slideshow, you would unravel some simple ways to start a conversation with someone you don’t know. Many people simply eavesdrop and suddenly try to get started catching a certain portion of an ongoing discussion. Many people rely on their existing contacts to introduce them to people their contacts are well accustomed with. Some people do not make any attempt to know people they haven’t met. All these approaches are not only undesirable but often unfruitful. It is necessary that you have the right intent, the right approach and the right demeanor while starting a conversation with someone you don’t know.
Common Questions to Use
It is always good to start a conversation by asking someone about his or her occupation. Thereon you can follow it up with questions pertaining to his or her visit to the particular event and what association they share with the organizers or the organization hosting the event. Thereon, you can talk about leisure, hobbies and recreational aspects to get to know the person even better. These three approaches, rather these three sets of questions, are always safe to start with and no one would mind talking about these. Most people at an event, even if you don’t know them, are there because they too wish to expand their network. Whether you take the initiative or someone else does, sticking to the approach would always be rewarding.
Many professionals and business owners strike up a conversation and then quickly become judgmental. Many people do not follow up on the meeting and quickly forget about their interaction. You never know how a network can be expanded and who is capable of what. It is essential that you are not judgmental and that you have the inclination to follow up on the little chat that you have just had, albeit provided they are also receptive about the idea.