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

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

  1. 1. “Hey, give me your business card!”
  2. 2. People buy from people, they don’t buy from companies.
  3. 3. So it makes sense to get to know more people!
  4. 4. It can be hard starting a conversation with someone you don’t know …..
  5. 5. So start by using OAR-ation
  6. 6. Occupation
  7. 7. Ask: What do you do? • “How long have you been doing that?” • “That sounds interesting, tell me more” • “What does that entail?”
  8. 8. Association
  9. 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. 10. Recreation
  11. 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. 12. Follow up
  13. 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. 14. Then say Hello to someone else …
  15. 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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