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Build Your Dream Networking Q&A: The Icebreaker

By December 7, 2016 January 15th, 2019 No Comments

Question: Any good “ice breaker examples” to introduce yourself to a new person?

Here are my tips:

  • Think “how do I invite a conversation” vs what’s my one-line all purpose event introduction.
  • Keep it simple and friendly. When I think about the open networking portion of a recent event, asking a simple opener such as “great turnout for today’s lunch, what attracted you to particular event?” would easily get the conversation started.
  • Be a good listener. Observe and survey the social dynamic before jumping in. Often we achieve the best networking by contributing our undivided attention.

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.