How to Break the Ice

Here are some simple and easy ways to feel comfortable meeting new people.

Many times we are not sure how to open a conversation so we avoid one.
Have you ever felt awkward in social situations, networking events?

This is a great way to warm up to others. This is a simple method that I have used for years and I have made many new friends this way.

Start with a warm, firm, friendly greeting and a smile. Firm but never squeeze a handshake too hard. Make it about them not you. Treat them like a you would if they were a guest in your home.
We want to NETWORK not sell.
The difference is selling serves a relationship and networking builds a relationship. Involvement is where bonding begins.

Learn about others so you can help THEM -“Givers ALWAYS Gain”.

This works well in many social functions -(parties, weddings, family events) as well.
Think of the acronym FORM “Always in good F.O.R.M.”

Message (what is important to them)

Ice Breakers
Do you live nearby? Do you have family in the area?
Are you originally from _____? How long have you lived here?
What do you like the most about ____?

How did you get started in the ____ business?
What do you like most about your profession?
What is the strangest or funniest thing you have seen?
What is a good referral for you?
Do you have a business card?

Recreation- Golf etc.
What do you like to do? Any hobbies Spare time projects

Message- Say positive things about the group and brag about OTHERS

Ask Good Questions

1. How did you get started in the ____ business?

2. What do you enjoy most about what you do?

3. What separates your company from the competition?

4. What advice would you give someone just starting out in the ___ business?

5. What one thing would you do with your business if you knew you could not fail?

6. What significant changes have you seen in your business over the years?

7. What do you seen as the coming trends in the _____ business?

8. What was the funniest experience you have had in your business?

9. What ways have you found to be the most productive to promoting your business?

10. What one sentence would you like people to use in describing your business

Always a Great question

What is a good referral for you?

Careful not to fire too many questions at once, they may feel they are being interrogated.
Then…have a prepared 30 second commercial ready for when they ask-…”so what do you do?”

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