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 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
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“Getting to Know Their Field” Networking Questions
“Getting to Know Their Organization” Networking Questions
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“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.