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Parties where you know virtually no one can be awkward, especially if you’re not sure how to start a conversation.
You could rely on the classic, “So what do you do for a living?” But then you run the risk of coming off as the least interesting or original person at the party.
The following icebreakers should help you get an interesting conversation going with ease.
Maybe you’re interested in making a new professional contact, or perhaps you simply want to make a good impression on a friend of a friend.
Whatever the reason, busting out the clichés upon the first introduction is never a good idea.
To mix the conversation up a bit, try using one of these 17 icebreakers. They should help ease you into an engaging conversation with people you’ve never met before.
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This one may seem simple, but a smile, a name, and a confident handshake can sometimes go a long way, Ariella Coombs wrote for Careerealism.com.
“Sometimes the easiest way to meet someone is to offer a handshake and say ‘hi,'” she wrote.
‘I’ll be honest, the only person I know here is the bartender, and I just met him two minutes ago. Mind if I introduce myself?’
Humor is a good method to put another attendee at ease and jump-start a lighthearted conversation.
‘What do you do for fun when you’re not working?’
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Asking personal questions about people’s activities outside of work can help solidify a connection, Shan White, owner of Women’s Peak Performance Coaching, told Refinery29.
Asking about someone’s after-work hobbies is “semi-personal, yet still professionally acceptable to ask,” White said. “This can bring some levity and humor into the conversation while also letting you see what lights them up — what brings them real joy.”
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