How to Start and End Conversations at Networking Events

Photo from Find & Follow Your Passion, April 2013

Networking events often lead to amazing opportunities, new friendships and great advice. But we have all experienced the awkward moment when you don’t know how to approach a potential conversation or end an awkward one. Well, we’ve got your back.

Here are some examples of opening sentences to try on professionals, fellow attendees and anyone you’d like to meet:

  1. “Hi, have you been to the auction table yet? I’m about to go check it out if you would like to join me.”
  2. “Hi, I see that you work in the ______ industry. I am currently seeking a job/internship in a similar company to yours, and was wondering if you have any general advice for someone who is just beginning?”
  3. “Hi, I’ve never been to an event like this before, is this your first time as well?”
  4. “Hi, which speakers have you heard so far? Who has been your favorite?”
  5. “Hi, are you going to ______’s talk in ten minutes? I heard he is awesome!”

Here are some examples of closing sentences to end an awkward (or great) conversation when you feel it’s time to leave:

  1. “I’m so glad I got to speak with you. I’m going to take a look around before everyone leaves. If I don’t run into you again it was great to meet you.”
  2. “You’ve given me such great advice, I would love to talk to you further and hear more about your career and how you got there. Could I get your contact info so we could schedule something in the near future?”
  3. “I’m so glad I met you here, are you attending any other events? We should go together or meet up at the next one.”
  4. “Thank you so much for sharing the opportunities at your company. Could I get your contact info to stay in touch about future openings?”
  5. “I see there are a lot of people waiting to talk to you, so I won’t hold you any longer. I’ve really enjoyed speaking with you! Thanks for all the great advice.”    

Use these lines throughout the event and have fun creating friendships, connections and gaining quality advice from amazing professionals.

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