Five Questions to “Work Any Room”

Allison Graham

Allison Graham

Allison Graham asserts in her book, From Business Cards to Business Relationships: Personal Branding and Profitable Networking Made Easy,  that the goal of conversation at business and social events is to determine whether there is enough common ground to connect again.

She offers five questions to start conversations with people you’ve never met before:

• “What’s your connection to the event?
This question can uncover mutual contacts

• “What’s keeping you busy when you’re not at events like this or at work?

• “Are you getting away this summer?
This question can lead to conversations about family, reveal special interests and travel

• “Are you working on any charity initiatives?
This question makes it easy to launch into a deeper connection, revealing values and priorities

• “How did you come to be in your line of work?
For many, the path to where they are today can be an inspiring or challenging journey, full of surprise, suspense, and drama

Graham concludes that:

• Each person decides during the initial contact whether there is enough connection to warrant future interaction

• During these small conversations, people form their opinions about whether they like you, trust you, and believe you’re competent

• Match the depth of dialogue to the environment

• Your words may be forgotten, but how you make people feel will be remembered

• Relaxation, full engagement, genuine interest, enable the conversation to “flow”

-*How do you prepare for professional “networking” with people you’ve never met before?

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