9 Better Questions for a Networking Event - Leadership 101 for Women

9 Better Questions for a Networking Event

When you're working on building a network to advance your career, it can feel rather... icky.... to go to 'networking' events. Especially if you're in a city that feels like it's full of professional networkers. 

It just doesn't feel good to ask or answer those "typical" networking questions:

"Where do you work?"
"Who do you know???"
"How can you help me????"

And all the while you know they're sizing you up while keeping one eye out for someone better to talk to.

Gross. 

It probably makes you want to take a shower and never go to another networking event again, EVER.

Know why?

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Because those questions don't build connection. 

They're only about using connections. 

SO if you feel icky about those questions, congrats! It means that you're NOT about using people.

You're about CONNECTING with people. 

And there are better questions that will BUILD connection. 

These questions will help you build a foundation to a strong connection.

And guess what... you DON'T have to save these questions for a "networking" event. 

In fact... SKIP the next "cocktails for professional women" event.


Get out into your community, meet your neighbors, go to something fun like a "learn how to make appetizers" class. And start chatting with people who are relaxed.

Over time you're going to build a core of people in your network who you'll trust, and they'll trust you. And that will open doors, get you opportunities and job interviews.

But wherever you go, bring your arsenal of questions you can use to create authentic connections!

1

"What did you think you were going to do when you were younger?"  

I love this one to get the person into a nostalgic conversation!  It usually results in some fun laughs.

2

"What’s your go-to advice?"

This is MUCH better than asking "what should I do about xyz."  It'll get them thinking and into a creative space.

3

"If you were a TV character, which one would you be?"

This one is really fun, and can loosen up a conversation. 
Variation: "What’s your favorite Disney movie?"

4

"What do you love about [insert their profession]?"  

Depending on your comfort level, you might want to save this question for a little later in the conversation, but it's one of my go-to questions to get to know the person. And getting to know the REAL person is the key part of an authentic connection.
Variation: "What do you enjoy most about [insert profession]"

5

"What do you love about [insert their profession]?"  

Depending on your comfort level, you might want to save this question for a little later in the conversation, but it's one of my go-to questions to get to know the person. And getting to know the REAL person is the key part of an authentic connection.
Variation: "What do you enjoy most about [insert profession]"

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