Initiating conversations can be a chilling and nerve-wrecking process. Dry mouths and silent stares accompany the worries of not knowing what exactly to say in any given situation. Mastering the art of kick-starting a convo will guide you on your road to success, cultivating relationships and strong networking. Here are five unique and successful ways to make starting a conversation a little less intense.
1. The Bump
Depending on your environment, a little bump can do the trick. Make sure that the bump is not misinterpreted as rude or invasive but more like a gentle brush. If executed appropriately,you and your targeted partner-in-conversation will turn around to extend an apology and a considerate smile. Your goal is to refrain from creep status and use that window of opportunity to make a flirtatious jest.
2. The Gum Offer
Oddly enough, nobody denies a gum offer. If you are attending a bar or social event, make sure you come equipped with your pack. In line at a bathroom or beside a person you would like to jump into conversational bed with, extend a piece. Once they accept and thank you, indulge in small talk.
3. Send over a drink
This may sound way out of your character or too bold of a statement to manifest, but it works like a charm. Sending a drink in the direction of a potential employer, a cute guy or a gorgeous girl is a manipulating approach to grant you the green light for conversation. The floor becomes yours depending on how you deliver.
4. The “You Look Familiar” Trick
Typically, this little adage carries some weight. If it does become extremely difficult for you to go out on a limb with the bump or sending a drink, feel free to use the old “you look familiar” trick. People appear to be engaged by playing the guessing game. This three-word phrase will drift you into deep conversational territory that guarantees departure of exchanged business cards and numbers. Practice for successful results.