"No pressure, Bridge, but your whole future happiness now depends on how you behave on this one social occasion." "Right. What should I do?" -Bridget Jones’s Diary
Have you ever found yourself preparing for a networking event and asking your friends for advice? How do you break the ice in a room full of people that you may not know or might not have anything in common with? In the film, Bridget Jones has to attend a networking event where she wants to impress the famous authors she was going to surround herself with. In the end, she only made a fool of herself, but in a completely theatrical and amusing way.
Breaking the ice isn’t always easy, but you can get through it. Here are five communication icebreakers that can help you on your next networking event to break through the introvert and make a splash.
- Arrive at an event a little early. This will give you a chance to find a place you feel comfortable and go ahead and get an order. When someone comes in, they might be more likely to approach you, or find a empty seat near you, and let’s be honest – it’s always easier when you don’t have to make the first move.
- Be confident, not arrogant. When introducing yourself to people, remember that there’s a fine line between knowing what you’re talking about and sounding like a pompous jerk. Know the line and stick to it.
- Have a drink. I’m not a big fan of drinking outside of my house in the first place, but limiting yourself to one or two drinks, at the most. Above all, you should know your limits and not over do it.
- Stick your hand out and introduce yourself. Don’t be afraid to walk up to someone and introduce yourself. They probably want to meet people too.
- Try to join conversations with your peers. Trying to join a conversation about a subject you’re not interested in or don’t have any experience with will translate into you being unconfident. Find people talking about something you know a little about and have passion for.
Those are five really easy ways to break the ice at your next networking event.These kinds of events are made for meeting people and making connections – everyone is there for the same reason. How do you break the ice when you’re meeting new people?