Top Ten Networking Questions
Going to a number of different networking functions a month keeps you visible in your local area. It’s a great way to make new connections, meet new people and potentially increase your database
One big issue for many business owners going networking is: ‘What do I talk about?’
Casual conversation is easier for some and a real difficult part of networking for others. And as you may be aware, networking is not really for you sell your products or services right there and then. It takes getting to know people and having to like them. You probably won’t want to talk or buy from someone you don’t like?
Networking is a process not a destination so making your way around the room and finding the right topic to talk about can be a little daunting
If you’ve read Dale Carnegie’s book: How to Win Friends and Influence People, you will know he suggests throughout the book to make sure you ask the other person questions. That way you show interest in the other person and will be liked. It also reveals a lot of details about the other person which in turn will help you ask more questions as well as allow you to lead the conversation back to you
Here are the Top Ten Networking Questions you might like to take with you next time you’re out networking. Write them down, if you like, and start your conversations with anyone of them:
- How did you get started in your business?
- What do you enjoy most about what you do?
- What separates you and/or your company from the competition?
- What advice would you give someone starting out in your business?
- What are the coming trends in your business or industry?
- What strategies have you found to be the most effective in promoting your business?
- IF there was anything about your business or industry that you could change what would it be?
- What is the next big event coming up for you?
- What is your biggest challenge at the moment?
- What type of customers are you looking for? How would I recognize a good prospect for you?
Go on, answer them for yourself, can you see that you have a lot of information to share on each one of those questions? That can start really great conversation and you can use it anywhere, anytime.
In fact, you can start right away which will help you practise!
Here is what I’d like you to do right now, though:
Please put one question you have used or are using as a conversation opener into the comments. I’d like to see how many great questions we can come up with and you can help out others!
Looking forward to some great networking questions!