Episode 133: How to Strike Up a Conversation with a Stranger

Episode 133:
How to Strike Up a Conversation with a Stranger


As kids, we were all taught about stranger danger, and as adults that continues to serve us well, but our apprehension to approach someone we don’t know can also cause anxiety and missed opportunities in the workplace.

In this episode, I want to help you overcome your fear of starting a conversation with strangers. I’m going to share some useful strategies with you, which I give all of my executive clients, including:

  1. A smile goes a long way.
  2. Make eye contact.
  3. Prepare conversation starters.

Whether it’s a networking event, a new colleague, or just a phone call with someone you’ve never met before, knowing how to start a conversation is a valuable skill that will help take your career to the next level.

Here are the highlights from this episode:

(01:28) Find a group to start speaking with

(02:33) How to be more approachable

(04:17) Everyone is nervous at their first event

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