The more people you talk to, the more you learn. Pretty obvious, but not enough of us do this, equating to lots of missed opportunties (for both parties).
Here are some suggestions to help you get past the initial awkwardness when meeting new people:
- Always be genuine – To help with this, find something that you both can relate to or are interested in.
- Always give your full attention – no phones, no looking for a more important person to talk to (there’s no such thing).
- Think about the other person, and how you could add value to the conversation for them.
- Always remember everyone has that feeling of ‘should I or shouldn’t I’ – So don’t make approaching someone that big of a deal.
- The act in itself will make you feel better. Bonus if it leads to something else.
- Show respect for people’s time. If you are not keeping things interesting or if they are in a rush – recover or let them break-away.
- Enjoy the moment. Smile. Give them something of you.
- Social media is always topical – you can ask what social media they are using and how they are using it. Throw a question about ‘snap chat’ in – always good to have a laugh.
An open question and an open mind is a good way to get things started.