Networking is daunting to most people, and can be downright terrifying to others.
Whether it is a coffee break during a conference, or an event specifically for meeting people in your industry, networking is an essential part of getting your name out there and building your speaking business.
Even if you consider yourself a pretty good conversationalist and can chatter on for a good five minutes without feeling awkward, are your conversations really building the connections that will lead to new speaking events?
Figuring out how to build instant rapport and making a positive impression with people you’ve just met is an essential skill for presenters.
While nothing beats practice and finding your own unique methods and voice, this infographic guide will help you get started.
Below are 19 topics that can help you make connections with the people you are speaking with, along with some ideas for great (and not so great) ice-breaking questions.
Topics to talk about that will help you build connections:
Focus on their insights:
Find out more about their story:
- Life paths
Add value to the conversation:
- Learn their name
- Trend insight
- Memorable story
- New fact
- Books or media
- Tips for the area
- What to avoid
- Take the time
What are your top tips for networking? What should new speakers breaking into the industry avoid? If you have insights, we’d love to hear them! Contact us.
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