Have at least three open-ended questions you can ask any person at the networking event.
Here are open-ended questions that encourage conversation:
1) What brings you to today’s meeting?
2) What one or two things would you like to take away from this event?
3) What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you all week?
NEVER ask: “Do you know anyone who’s hiring?”
Your goal is to create real and helpful connections, NOT close the deal on a job offer or try to collect the most business cards in the room.
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