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Build Your Dream Networking Q&A: The Icebreaker

By December 7, 2016January 15th, 2019No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

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 is a problem solver who believes that most professional challenges—whether funding, landing a board position or getting a new job—are solved by tapping into networks.Kelly is a popular speaker on networking, community building and investing issues, especially as they relate to women, and has worked with the IEEE, PGA, Bank of America, Apple and countless others. Follow Kelly on Twitter @jkhoey and on Instagram @jkellyhoey and join the #BYDN community at