30 icebreaker questions for networking events
How do you say ‘hey’ at networking events?
The introvert in you might be answering just don’t, but trust me, it’s simpler than you think. Preparing some fun, professional questions to ask can help you start conversations. We’ve collated a handful of icebreakers you could use at your next event.
- Hey! It’s nice to meet you.
- Hi, I’m _____ and I study/work at _____ how about you?
- Hey, can I join you?
- So, what do you do?
- What brought you here today?
- I love your tie/dress/bag where did you get it?
- What did you think about the speaker?
- What do you think about this event so far?
Questions about the location
- Have you been to this location before?
- Do you think it’s cold/warm in here, or is that just me?
- That food/drink looks great, where did you get it?
- Have you ever been to this part of the city?
- What’s the food like?
- How did you go with the traffic or public transport today?
Questions about them
- By the way, I wanted to talk to you because I love your _____
- Do you know anyone else here?
- So, what are you interested in outside of work?
- Do you come to events like this often?
- If you could tell yourself five years ago one thing, what would it be?
- What’s something you’ve learnt recently?
- Has anyone ever told you that you look like someone famous?
- If you could get a coffee with anyone in the world, who would you go with?
- When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
- If a celebrity had to join your team at work, who would you want?
- If you could be any animal, what would you choose?
- What’s your favourite thing to do on a holiday?
- What’s your go-to conversation starter?
- Tell me about a project you’ve loved working on.
- What drew you to working in your current field?
- What do you enjoy about your work?
Tips and tricks
- Queues are your friend! Waiting in line is a great chance to meet someone new.
- Try starting up a conversation with other people on their own, or join an existing group.
- Compliments are always a great way to break into chatting and could make someone else’s day. However, make sure to be conscious of who and what you’re complimenting, so you don’t make others uncomfortable.
- Remember that the event is work-focused. While fun questions can be a way to start a conversation, try to keep things professional.
- Avoid talking to others about personal or divisive topics, such as family, relationships, money, or politics.
- Don’t forget the follow-up! When the time is right, ask how you can connect with them to keep in touch after the event.
It’s natural to be nervous about talking to new people at networking events. But it’s important to remember that others are probably feeling the same way. Starting a conversation can be as simple as saying ‘hey,’ and breaking the ice. So, before your next networking event, make a list of four or five questions you can pull out if you’re feeling stuck.
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Amelia is a Sydney-based writing and communications enthusiast working at UTS Careers as a Communications Assistant. She is a current UTS Student, studying a Bachelor of Communications (Creative Writing & Advertising), and a Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation. She is passionate about creativity, storytelling, and the art of a well-timed gif, and has a vast collection of crazy socks.