Best Questions to Ask at a Networking Event

Networking events are a melting pot of professionals, potential connections, and…awkward silences. But the key to unlocking fruitful interactions is in asking the right questions. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some gems to spark engaging conversations and leave a lasting impression.

What brings you to this event?

This question is a great conversation starter that helps break the ice and gives the other person a chance to share their motivations and interests. It can also provide some context for the conversation.

How did you start your career in [their industry]?

Asking someone about their career journey is not only a compliment to their achievements but also opens up a narrative that can be both inspiring and informative. 

How do you see the industry evolving in the next few years?

Discussing industry trends and future predictions can spark a stimulating conversation about opportunities and challenges on the horizon. This question positions you as someone who is forward-thinking and interested in the broader implications of your industry, beyond just your immediate role.

Who else do you think I should talk to?

This is a great question to end with. It can help expand your network by leveraging the connections of the person you’re speaking with. 

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