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The 20 Best Networking Questions to Ask

Best networking questions

Updated June, 2021

The easiest way to network at an event is to take advantage of the fact that people love to talk about themselves.

Experts agree that questions are a great way to build rapport and demonstrate interest in others while also gathering important information. Networking events are the perfect time to stretch your questioning skills.

By asking a few thoughtful and good networking questions, you can learn a lot about the person in front of you, their field and their organization.

If you’re ever at a formal professional networking event or find yourself mingling with a group of professionals and find yourself at a loss for conversation, just ask one of the top 20 networking questions listed below.

“Getting to Know Them” Networking Questions

“Getting to Know Them” Networking Questions

 


Also read: Effective Networking for Career Change


“Getting to Know Their Field” Networking Questions

“Getting to Know Their Field” Networking Questions

 

“Getting to Know Their Organization” Networking Questions

“Getting to Know Their Organization” Networking Questions

 


Also read: How to Network for a Fulfilling Career


“Wrap Up” Networking Questions

“Wrap Up” Networking Questions

Of course, asking the question is only part of the equation for successful networking.

After that, you have to listen to the answer! Smile, nod and make eye contact to demonstrate your interest.

Ask follow up questions to dig deeper—but remember that too many questions back-to-back can start to feel like an interrogation, so be sure to share your own experiences as well.

Making conversation while networking can be challenging. But, with the help of these networking questions, you’ll be a natural in no time.


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About the Author

Chrissy Scivicque is a career coach, corporate trainer and public speaker who believes work can be a nourishing part of the life experience. Her website, Eat Your Career, is devoted to this mission. Chrissy is currently a contributing career expert for U.S. News & World Report and the author of the book, The Proactive Professional: How to Stop Playing Catch Up and Start Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life!), available on Amazon.