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Break the Mold: 30 Better Questions to Ask When Networking

Eliminate that awkward feeling and grow your professional network.
Start conversations with a few of the following questions.

  • What brought you here?
  • Do you love what you do? What about it?
  • What has been the highlight of your day so far?
  • Who is someone you really admire?
  • What did you think you were going to do when you were younger?
  • What’s your “go-to” advice?
  • What was your first job? What was it like?
  • What is something that people should know about your industry?
  • What do you see as the coming trends in your industry?
  • Do you have any upcoming travel plans?
  • How do you two know each other?
  • What are you reading currently?
  • When you’re not working, how do you spend your time?
  • What’s your favorite book?
  • What’s your dream job?
  • What’s the worst job you ever had?
  • What was your favorite subject in school?
  • What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
  • If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with your extra time?
  • At what job would you be terrible?
  • What did you have to give up achieving your current level of success?
  • What do you love about [insert their profession]?
  • What does success mean to you?
  • If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be?
  • Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self?
  • What are you working on that you are most excited about right now?
  • Who is someone you really admire?
  • How did you get into this field?
  • What skills/experience do I need to start building to be successful in this field?
  • Is there anyone you recommend I talk to next? May I mention you referred me?
  • ** BONUS QUESTION ** How can I know someone I’m talking to would be a good person for you to know and meet?

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