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Refreshing Business Conversation Starters

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Whether you are attending an interview or chatting with professionals at a casual networking event, preparing yourself with sharp and interesting business conversation starters is a crucial way to connect well and learn more about others in a professional setting.

Avoid those dull questions that everyone has heard time and time again, but remember not to challenge the person too quickly. Set yourself apart by keeping these business conversation starters in mind.

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How did you come into this field?

This basic question is key to understanding who the person is in their profession. Inquire about out how they got into their field or their company. Did they apply randomly? Were they always drawn to the company? Was it by chance? This kind of information will take you far in getting to know them on a deeper level. This is a great question to ask if you are also interested in the same industry.

Does your team do anything outside of work for fun?

Learning about one’s team culture can be a fascinating topic. Compare and contrast each other’s and who knows, maybe you’ll pick up a thing or two to bring back to your company! There are always ways to be innovative with one’s team culture.

What made you come to this event?

This simple question is the perfect conversation starter for someone you are meeting for the first time. It could help bring you two together under a common interest or passion. If you were both drawn to the event for a certain reason, find out what that is!

Is there someone that has been a particularly influential person in your career?

In every career or company, there is always someone who has guided or inspired us to bring out the best in our professional lives. This question will allow you to get to know someone on a more personal level. Take advantage of it!

Do you hope accomplish anything different this year?

As business men and women, we are constantly setting new goals and striving to turn our ideas and plans into action. Take the time to hear what someone is striving to accomplish within their role at their work. You could be inspired to set similar goals as well! Keep in mind these goals can include things like: arrive at work 10 minutes earlier and take time for a full lunch at least three times a week. The little things can make a big difference when it comes to staying on task and focused.

What do you love most about your job?

They say if you love your job, you will never work a day in your life. Speaking with another professional about their passion for work can be both inspiring and intriguing. Again, an acceptable answer to this could be as simple as, “I just really love the group of people that I work with each day.”

What is one business lesson that has stuck with you over the years?

Every day we learn something new, no matter if it transpired into a success or failure. It’s still a lesson we’re thankful for. Sharing business lessons is how we grow and become stronger business men and women. This is one of the most important questions you can ask someone!

Lastly, if the person clearly has more professional experience then you, ask them if they can share any personal tips with you that will help with growth for your own professional life.

Looking for more networking tips and business conversation starters? Read, Introduction Questions and Networking Advice.