No doubt – LinkedIn is a valuable tool. It’s a behemoth networking site with more than 546 million users, and it’s clearly cornered the work-related social media market.
category: Professional Networking
Meeting people, finding out what their needs are, and building relationships are at the heart of sales. That’s why networking effectively is so crucial. So many salespeople hate networking, and there’s a big reason why.
Let's say that you're at a conference and you see a prospective client you'd like to talk to in order to begin nurturing the relationship. Or maybe you're at your child's sports game, at happy hour down the street from your office, or at a social event and really wish to speak with someone you see there.
Do you struggle with how to break the ice...sometimes for so long that you psych yourself out and miss the opportunity to connect? Or do you throw caution to the wind, decide you're gutsy enough to strike up a conversation with a total stranger, only to feel your stomach drop from the look of inconvenience and/or discomfort on their face after just a few words from you?
For most of us, it's difficult to know how to start a good conversation with a complete stranger. But we all know that how you start a conversation with someone is important to developing a relationship with that person and to your inevitable bottom line, which means that getting it right is crucial.
Below, I'll explain a surefire way to break the ice no matter the situation you're in or the person you wish to connect with via conversation.