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We’ve all been at networking events going through the typical “So, what do you do?” to break the awkward silence. To best build rapport quickly, the key is to ask open-ended questions allowing others to go with non-work-related answers if they choose. Doing this will ensure you not only turn a stranger into a new business contact, but also
a new friend. Try these!

  1. What excites you right now?
  2. What are you looking forward to?
  3. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this year?
  4. What’s the most important thing I should know about you?
  5. What is one of your defining moments?
  6. Why did you choose your profession?
  7. What are you currently reading?
  8. How can I be most helpful to you right now?
  9. What do you do for fun?
  10. Is there a charitable cause you support?