Networking is such a key strategy for building your business, but it can be hard to strike up conversation. Here are 5 great ways to get the conversation flowing…

1: Be Approachable

Don’t be the one hiding in the back corner wishing that the ground would swallow you up. Smile, make eye contact and put yourself out there. Half the people in the room will be as nervous as you are.

2: Shake Hands With Confidence

Having a strong and confident greeting will make people take notice. If you have confidence in yourself, then they will get a great first impression of someone they can respect.

3: Lead With A Question

Get the conversation started with an appropriate question. The person will appreciate that you want to hear what they have to say. It also gives you a moment to ease into the conversation and think about your next comment.

4: Show Interest

Encourage your conversation partner to share their story. You can then comment on it and have the opportunity to give a genuine and powerful compliment.

5: Nail Your Elevator Pitch

At some point during the event, you will have the opportunity to tell your story. So make sure you know what you are going to say. Rehearse your elevator pitch before going so that it flows naturally from your mouth.