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A Simple Formula To Start A Conversation With Someone You Don't Know

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It's tricky chatting to strangers, or people you don't know such as at networking events, so follow this formula to keep it easy.

It's tricky chatting to strangers, or people you don't know such as at networking events, so follow this formula to keep it easy.

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  • 1. “Hey, give me your business card!”
  • 2. People buy from people, they don’t buy from companies.
  • 3. So it makes sense to get to know more people!
  • 4. It can be hard starting a conversation with someone you don’t know …..
  • 5. So start by using OAR-ation
  • 6. Occupation
  • 7. Ask: What do you do? • “How long have you been doing that?” • “That sounds interesting, tell me more” • “What does that entail?”
  • 8. Association
  • 9. Ask: How are you associated with this event? • “Are you a member here too?” • “Are you a regular attendee of these events?” • “Do you know the organizer?”
  • 10. Recreation
  • 11. Ask: What do you do in your down time? • “What do you have planned for the weekend?” • “Do you follow any particular sport?” • “Tell me about your hobbies”
  • 12. Follow up
  • 13. Don’t forget to follow up • No point in going if you end it there • Agree to follow up if they are receptive • Telephone to reconnect, don’t email
  • 14. Then say Hello to someone else …
  • 15. • Get out to more places! • Mix the locations up a little • Find some commonality • Use OAR-ation • And start with Hello  www.bluebanana.co.nz

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