When it comes to networking, you鈥檝e got this. And why are we so confident in you? Because networking is just talking to people. That鈥檚 all it is鈥攋ust talking. Half the battle is figuring out a natural opening line, so here, we鈥檙e arming you with 21 ideas for the next time you have an important event on your calendar.


1. 鈥淲here is the bar?鈥

2. 鈥淚 just have to say how much I love your [dress/skirt/shoes/etc.]. Where is it from?鈥

3. 鈥淪o, what brought you here tonight?鈥

4. 鈥淗ave you heard [name of speaker] before? What did you think?鈥

5. 鈥淎re you from the area or did you travel here tonight?鈥

6. 鈥淗ow did you get involved with [name of organization]?鈥

7. 鈥淭hink they鈥檙e serving appetizers tonight? I have to admit, I鈥檓 starving!鈥

8. 鈥淗ow long have you been with [name of organization]?鈥

9. 鈥淗i, I鈥檓 doing a poll 鈥 will you or won鈥檛 you buy the new Apple Watch?鈥

10. 鈥淲hat did you think of [name of speaker]?鈥

11. 鈥淗i, I鈥檓 doing a poll 鈥 Uber or Lyft?鈥

12. 鈥淗ave you been to one of these events before?鈥

13. 鈥淒o you know if they allow social media here?鈥

14. 鈥淲hich cocktail did you order?鈥

15. 鈥淲hat do you do at [name of company]?鈥

16. 鈥淗ow did you get into [industry]?鈥

17. 鈥淗i, I鈥檓 [name]. I just wanted to say I鈥檓 such a fan of your work.鈥

18. 鈥淗i, I鈥檓 [name]. I just wanted to say I really enjoyed your speech.鈥

19. 鈥淒o you know if there are any good restaurants around here?鈥

20. 鈥淒o you happen to know the person who organized tonight鈥檚 event? I鈥檇 just like to thank them.鈥

21. 鈥淒id you come here with a friend or are you flying solo like me?鈥

What鈥檚 your go-to opening line when networking? Share with us in the comments below.

This was originally published on LevoLeague by Jessica Mattern.