Big things come from small talk. There is little argument with that. The almost non-sensical conversation that occupies the first few minutes of any encounter sets the tone for how the rest of the interaction will go.
Knowing this, it’s important that you’re ready with a handful of conversation starters. These are comments and inquiries intended to get others sharing and nothing more. Some examples could include:
“I’m not familiar with your business. What can you tell me about it?”
Or, “Based on your accent, you’re not from here. Where are you from and how did you end up here?”
Or, “This weather is something else. How does it impact your operations?”
Sure, these are a series of everyday comments followed by a related question. But that’s the point. Getting a conversation started doesn’t have to be a science. It just has to invite a chat.
By the way, “Did you happen to see the game last night?”
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