Often our first interaction when meeting someone can be their last impression of you for quite some time. I personally used to struggle when meeting peers and leaders because I would ask very basic questions that would end in awkwardness for both of us. It’s important to know that initial conversations with most people can be challenging, but if you can help control the conversation you will make the introduction a positive one. Try some of these 8 Engaging Phrases to use when Meeting Someone in Business:
- Tell me about your history with (company) and what got you to your current role.
- What all is working well in your department?
- What do you hope to accomplish in your career over the next 5 years?
- What are you and your team focused on over the next few months?
- What kind of opportunities are you facing currently in your (store, department, region etc.)?
- What kind of strategies have you used to overcome (these obstacles)?
- Where have you lived/worked besides (City)?
- What are your hobbies outside of work?
I can tell you without a doubt that how you say these questions is just as important as the questions themselves. Remaining positive and optimistic is always a great way to lead a conversation. Often employees will jump to topics that are sore spots within the company and can be a risky move.
TIP: Take the 8 phrases above and ask yourself these questions. Play both employees who just met each other. Ask for additional questions and try to keep a conversation going for a minimum of 5 minutes.
Remember to stay positive, stick to professional conversations, and control the flow and pace of the conversation. Having energy and a positive outlook will attract leaders and employees attention to you, and will leave a lasting impression.
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