What's your best personal networking conversation starter at a networking event?
This week I am an online mentor on the topic of "Effective Online Networking" as part of the Networking for Success project at the the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre. My opening post shared some ideas and tips. There were so many wonderful comments and blog posts that I've been able to summarize the wisdom in these three posts -- read them for context, if you're just joining this thread. Skip, if you've been following.
Adam Cohen left a wonderful comment with some awesome practical and tactical advice about personal social networking:
I can't remember the book this came from, but the best specific tip I have ever received about networking is a question to ask when you are at events and meeting people: "If I were to refer someone to you, what would I tell them?" It has always garnered a great dialog and let's down the walls people put up about promoting themselves. Not to mention I learn a lot and love to connect the dots for people that can value each other.
This got me thinking ... always a dangerous thing ... about pick up lines. I googled and found this post. And, please, don't get offended, I just had to laugh ...
- Michelangelo: I feel like before I met you, everyone I’d ever known was made of stone.
- Leonardo da Vinci: I find your smile absolutely intriguing.
- Vincent Van Gogh: Ear’s lookin’ at you!
- Sigmund Freud: As far as I’m concerned, there’s just you and my mother–I mean, and no other.
- Thomas Edison: I know you’ve never heard this phrase before, but trust me: You turn me on.
Anyway ... Imagine you're at a conference, a professional networking event. What's you're best conversation opener? Share it in the comments, I'll summarize!