Was doing some spring cleaning recently and found some old books, including Breaking the Ice by Dave Sherman.
I don’t remember where or when I saw Dave speak – likely at a Public Relations Society of America or Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) event years ago, but I still have a copy of his book. I agree with Dave, who says “every good relationship begins with a conversation.” It’s just that starting that conversation with a stranger is difficult for many people, whether they are at a networking event, a family reunion or some other place surrounded by people they don’t know.
Breaking the Ice offers up 306 conversation starters. Here are a few of them:
Note that these all begin with “describe.” That’s how most of his 306 conversation starters begin. There are some actual questions sprinkled in the mix and some examples that may be too personal for a business setting, but you get the idea.
Another couple tips Dave offers up:
It’s time to start a conversation with someone you don’t know.