6 Questions For Your Next Networking Event

You’re probably used to small talk at networking events because making valuable conversation can be difficult, especially with strangers. Asking open-ended questions can encourage new people to open up. After handshakes, use the phrases below from The Ladders to jump start authentic conversations.

  • How did you find out about this event?
  • Where are you from?
  • How did you get the idea for your business?
  • What’s the most difficult part of your job or industry?
  • What kinds of people are you looking to meet tonight?
  • What’s the best part of your job or business?

When all else fails, remember that people love to talk about themselves.