At Wicked Cool Media we do a lot of networking. I would say it is safe to say the lion share of our business comes from networking. I know it can sometimes be difficult attending networking style events. It takes a lot of courage to walk up to a strangers and say, Hello, how are you doing today?” “I am Gordon Weathers and I am Chief Networking Officer at Wicked Cool Media.” Then the pleasantries of hi how are you…fine how are you? If you think it was hard to walk up to a stranger and say hello, how are you going to break the ice and avoid an awkward silence at a networking event? We have all been there and the how do you dos’ are over and you stare at each other. Well I have put together a few great icebreaker questions to place in your networking arsenal to keep the conversation going. The longer the conversation goes the deeper the relationship gets with a potential new client.
We are all guilty of using openers like “what do you do?” or “How about that weather?” I suggest starting with easy questions and work your way into deeper questions. I have put together some great ice breakers to keep the conversation alive. The more questions you ask the deeper the relationship with a potential new client. Networking is about listening.
Any upcoming travel plans?
What brought you here?
If you could choose a superpower, what would you choose?
Facebook, Snapchat, or Instagram?
When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?
What’s your favorite book?
What’s the first concert you attended?
What’s your dream job?
Rock and Roll or Country?
What’s your favorite genre of music?
What was your first job?
What was the worst job you’ve ever had?
If you could win an Olympic medal for any sport, real or fake, what would it be?
What movie or TV show title best describes your week?
What’s your hidden talent?
If you had to eat one thing for every meal going forward, what would you eat?
If someone were to play you in a movie, who would you want it to be?
I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Pick a few questions from the list you are comfortable with and give them a test drive. What is the worst that could happen? You would have lost them at “What do you do?” by this point anyway. See how your new friend responds? Did you find that a new approach was a shortcut to warm them up?
Feel free to drop me an email at Gordon@WickedCoolMedia.com and let me know how it went! If you’re first round of ice breakers went well, shoot me an email and ask for the full list of advanced icebreaker questions. Go fourth and network!