Networking can have enormous professional benefits, but approaching and talking to total strangers at mixer events can also be a daunting experience for many people. One good icebreaker is simply to ask someone “what brings you here?” or some similarly open-ended question that shows interest in the other person. Another good one is asking how the other person got to be involved with their company or industry, or asking their opinion on a professional issue, which can also be a way of showing your interest in and enthusiasm for an issue and leaving a stronger impression.

Key Takeaways:

  • Despite the endless benefits of networking such as using it to land a job, procure a new client or switch careers, many persons dread the prospect.
  • Many persons are sometimes afraid of networking with others, especially when they are strangers, because they just simply do not know what to say.
  • When you have known about a person’s professional life, you can ask them questions like: “How did you get involved in the industry or company?”

“This question shows you are interested in the other person and are not just trying to figure out how they can help you.”

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