Are you heading to a networking event soon? It’s always a challenge to get a stimulating conversation going. Here are our Top Notch Consultants team’s favorite ice breakers (and one to avoid):
- Do Ask About Popular Topics: Our pros at Top Notch Consultants suggest that you can break the ice by asking about neutral topics. Ask others if they’re following a popular TV show, like “The Walking Dead” or “House of Cards.” If there’s a non-controversial news story that can generate conversation, it could be a starter as well. Steer clear of politics or other polarizing topics, unless you’re sure of the other person’s allegiance.
- Do Ask About Travel or Area Highlights: Two favorite topics our Top Notch Consultants team has identified are travel and local hotspots. People love to share tales of their adventures and promote their favorite haunts in town. Ask about where they’ve visited and what their favorite activities were. Inquire about their favorite eating establishments and places for lodging.
- Don’t Complain: While kvetching around the watercooler may stir up a rousing conversation, it will do nothing to help you when you’re attempting to make a strong first impression. If the weather is bad, you don’t need to lament. Especially don’t vent about your employer, your significant other, or your health. If you’re too sick to be present, stay home.